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HISB Book Discussion

Crystal M. Fleming, Sociology Department

“How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide”

Thursday, September 27, 2018

5:30 PM in 1006 Humanities

Fleming’s new book aims to be a guide for breaking through what she calls the “half-truths and ridiculous misconceptions” that have thoroughly corrupted the way race is represented in the classroom, pop culture, media, and politics. Drawing upon critical race theory, as well as her own experiences as a queer black millennial college professor and researcher, she seek to unveil how systemic racism exposes us all to racial ignorance—and provides a road map for transforming our knowledge into concrete social change.

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Crystal Fleming


Crystal M. Fleming is Associate Professor of Sociology and Africana Studies and Associate Faculty in the Department of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stony Brook University. Her research and writing explore racism and anti-racism in multiple national contexts. Her scholarship appears in journals such as The Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Poetics, and Du Bois Review: Social Science Research on Race and Mindfulness. Her essays and op-eds have been published in  VoxThe RootEveryday FeminismBlack Agenda ReportBlack Perspectives  and  Huffington PostHer first book,  Resurrecting Slavery: Racial Legacies and White Supremacy in France builds on her award-winning dissertation on racism in France. Her latest book,  How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide, combines memoir, critical race theory, social commentary and satire to debunk common misconceptions about racism.