By Allison Randel
The Philosophy Department’s Spring Series of the Philosophy Dialogues began Thursday afternoon with a conversation about race in society. The dialogue included a panel of four members of the Texas State community: Dr. Dwight Watson, Dr. Greg Moses, Tafari Robertson and Mikala Everett, who each shared their stance on race, it’s history, it’s presence in society, Martin Luther King and Black Lives Matter. The members of the panel each had an opportunity to speak, followed by 30 minutes of questions from the audience.
Philosophy graduate student Jasmine Thomas said it’s important to be aware of our differences, and that engaging in these dialogues is important, especially students.
“It gives people an opportunity to step into a room and realize what are some of your peers, colleagues and elders,” Thomas said. “What are their thoughts? What’s relevant to people and what’s important to people who are like you, and who are not like you.”
The importance of moving forward, is recognizing that the concrete problems, not just racism as a whole. The lasting effects of food deserts, detention centers and ice centers were discussed, and the importance of being knowledgeable and informed of these topics.
“Racial equality cannot be achieved without economic equality,” Everett said. “Oppressing blacks, is oppressing everyone. We are only as strong as our weakest link.”
Coming together is a big part of progress, especially in scenes such as the Philosophy Dialogues. Thomas said she wants African Americans to come together, but more so she wants all people to come together, and celebrate our differences and similarities.
“There’s a more grand problem: disconnect and division within the black community,” Thomas said. “We should come together more; all people, and realize our individualities but also our sameness.”
The goal of the Philosophy Dialogues is to learn from each other, provoke conversation, and not avoid tension, but engage in it.
Visit the Philosophy Dialogue website to find dates and times of future conversations, including topics covering LGBTQIA and Space, Borders and Power.
Featured image by Allison Randel.