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Overcoming colorblindness on the path to beloved community

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Professor Amy Lary White shares the research she’s done on overcoming racial differences in white communities during Primetime in the Bethel library. Maddie Danovsky | Freelance Social work professor Amy Lary White has spent most of her career exploring what she calls “colorblindness,” or the lack of awareness white people have for the racial issues facing their society. “All of us have defense mechanisms … that can create a lack of awareness” White said. On Tuesday, White spoke in the Bethel University library about her findings on this topic as part of a recurring event called Primetime. Primetime is a program hosted by Bethel’s library meant to feature speakers on topics relevant to the community such as teaching, service and study abroad. Primetime typically takes place Tuesdays or Thursdays at 10:15 a.m. One of the defense mechanisms White talked about Tuesday is denial, in which privileged people refuse to acknowledge the inequalities. Another is…

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