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VIRTUAL EVENT: ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ - Not "A Nation of Immigrants"

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021 - 6:00pm
Virtual Event
Free
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$27.95
ISBN: 9780807036297
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Beacon Press - August 24th, 2021

EVENT GUIDELINES

  • Digital Doors Open at approx. 5:50PM CDT.
  • Event Begins at 6:00PM CDT.

NOTE: Because this is a virtual event that will be hosted on Zoom, you will need access to a computer or other device that is capable of accessing and sufficient Internet access. If you have not used Zoom before, you may consider referencing Getting Started with Zoom.


In conversation with Tim Z. Hernandez

ABOUT NOT "A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS"

Debunks the pervasive and self-congratulatory myth that our country is proudly founded by and for immigrants, and urges readers to embrace a more complex and honest history of the United States
 

Whether in political debates or discussions about immigration around the kitchen table, many Americans, regardless of party affiliation, will say proudly that we are a nation of immigrants. In this bold new book, historian Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz asserts this ideology is harmful and dishonest because it serves to mask and diminish the US’s history of settler colonialism, genocide, white supremacy, slavery, and structural inequality, all of which we still grapple with today.

She explains that the idea that we are living in a land of opportunity—founded and built by immigrants—was a convenient response by the ruling class and its brain trust to the 1960s demands for decolonialization, justice, reparations, and social equality. Moreover, Dunbar-Ortiz charges that this feel good‑-but inaccurate—story promotes a benign narrative of progress, obscuring that the country was founded in violence as a settler state, and imperialist since its inception.

While some of us are immigrants or descendants of immigrants, others are descendants of white settlers who arrived as colonizers to displace those who were here since time immemorial, and still others are descendants of those who were kidnapped and forced here against their will. This paradigm shifting new book from the highly acclaimed author of An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States charges that we need to stop believing and perpetuating this simplistic and a historical idea and embrace the real (and often horrific) history of the United States.

 


ABOUT ROXANNE DUNBAR-ORTIZ

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz grew up in rural Oklahoma in a tenant farming family. She has been active in the international Indigenous movement for more than 4 decades and is known for her lifelong commitment to national and international social justice issues. Dunbar-Ortiz is the winner of the 2017 Lannan Cultural Freedom Prize, and is the author or editor of many books, including An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States, a recipient of the 2015 American Book Award. She lives in San Francisco. Connect with her at reddirtsite.com or on Twitter @rdunbaro.

ABOUT TIM Z. HERNANDEZ

Tim Z. Hernandez is an award winning writer, research scholar, and performer. The author of three collections of poetry, two novels, and a work of non-fiction, his work has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, C-Span’s Book TV, and NPR’s All Things Considered. His most recent book, All They Will Call You, the first installment of “The Plane Crash Series,” was released in 2017, and received critical acclaim by the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, and other media outlets. Hernandez holds a B.A. from Naropa University and an M.F.A. from Bennington College. He is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas El Paso’s Bilingual M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, and he divides his time between California and El Paso, where he lives with his two children. You can find more info at www.timzhernandez.com

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