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Virtual Author Reading: WHITE TEARS / BROWN SCARS by Ruby Hamad

Date(s) - 10/15/2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Women & Children First

Join us for a virtual event in honor of White Tears/Brown Scars: How White Feminism Betrays Women of Color by Ruby Hamad.

About this Event

For this event, Ruby will be in conversation with Lisa Benson. This event will be streamed on Women & Children First’s Crowdcast Channel.

Taking us from the slave era, when white women fought in court to keep “ownership” of their slaves, through the centuries of colonialism, when they offered a soft face for brutal tactics, to the modern workplace, White Tears/Brown Scars tells a charged story of white women’s active participation in campaigns of oppression. It offers a long overdue validation of the experiences of women of color.

Discussing subjects as varied as The Hunger Games, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the viral BBQ Becky video, and 19th century lynchings of Mexicans in the American Southwest, Ruby Hamad undertakes a new investigation of gender and race. She shows how the division between innocent white women and racialized, sexualized women of color was created, and why this division is crucial to confront.

Along the way, there are revelatory responses to questions like: Why are white men not troubled by sexual assault on women? (See Christine Blasey Ford.) With rigor and precision, Hamad builds a powerful argument about the legacy of white superiority that we are socialized within, a reality that we must apprehend in order to fight.


Ruby Hamad is a journalist, author, and academic completing a Ph.D. in media studies at UNSW (Australia). Her Guardian article, ‘How White Women Use Strategic Tears to Silence Women of Color,’ became a global flashpoint for discussions of white feminism and racism and inspired her debut book, White Tears/Brown Scars, which has received critical acclaim in her home country of Australia. Her writing has also featured in Prospect Magazine, The New Arab, and more. She splits her time between Sydney and New York.

Lisa Benson is a diversity, equity, inclusion, and anti-racism consultant. She’s also an Emmy award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of communication and television news experience. After a personal battle with workplace discrimination, and a victory in federal court, she now teaches others the impact of systemic racism and unconscious biases. Lisa earned her Diversity and Inclusion certification from Cornell University. She also has a B.A. in Mass Media Arts from Clark Atlanta University. Lisa uses her understanding of racial hierarchies, white supremacy culture, and institutionalized racism to educate teachers, attorneys, business leaders, and industry professionals.

By attending our virtual event you agree to our Code of Conduct: Our event seeks to provide a harassment-free experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, age, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, ethnicity, religion (or lack thereof), class, or technology choices. We do not tolerate harassment in any form. Sexual language and imagery are not appropriate. Anyone violating these rules will be expelled from this event and all future events at the discretion of the organizers.

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