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Racism The Elephant in the room

#BeyondDenial - The Elephant in the Room is Racism


Photos by : Alex Garland, Damien Conway, Andy Clark, and John Duffy.


On August 17th in downtown Seattle passersby were invited to take part in a public interactive art installation to expose racism as the “elephant in the room.” The event was organized by activists from the pacific northwest and around the country who participated in Backbone Campaign's annual week-long Localize This! Action Camp.


About a week prior in the same location white progressives attending an event where Bernie Sanders was speaking were challenged by activists identifying themselves as part of #BlackLivesMatter. The Elephant in the Room action was a response to the request by people of color for white people to educate themselves to see racism and white privilege and then take actions to end racism.


The group was made up of predominantly white activists who were looking inwards and reaching out to their peers to join them in this action. They are challenging themselves and others to commit to taking at least one concrete step towards racial justice and to share their challenge.


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Taken on August 17, 2015