Sex and Race in Latin America

November 12, 2012
Hosted by Sharon E. Davis

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Encouraging interracial relationships, or ‘race mixing’ in some Latin American countries such as Brazil and Colombia, are often believed to be examples of how to solve racism. Race is not considered a problem because everyone is ‘mixed’. Unlike the United States, some countries have historically promoted interracial marriages and relationships among African, Indigenous, and European people. Does ‘race mixing’ create racial tolerance and harmony in some Latin American countries? Truth or myth? Do sex and race often feed on each other, and find an uneasy way to coexist in the same space? Some say one side of the coin is ‘desire’, and the other side ‘fear’. Fear of darker skin or certain features? Are the disparities among the populations of people with decidedly more African or Indigenous features any less? The data shows unequal disparities. Join Peter Wade, Professor, Manchester University, in England with his pioneering work on the intersection of race and sex in Latin America.

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Sharon E. Davis

Sharon E. Davis

Sharon is a founding member of the Institute for Healing of Racism in 1987. She has conducted International Dialogue Racism sessions in Mmabato, South Africa, and facilitated a Public Seminar on Cultural and Tribal Unity in Gabaronne, Botswana, and conflict resolution in China. She was interviewed by McNeil/Lehrer Newshour for the “Healing Racism in America” segment.

Sharon served as an International Institute and U.S Immigration Services speaker and MC at Swearing-in Ceremonies for new Americans, a regular TV panelist on “Interfaith Odyssey”, and Advisor and former Executive Director at the National Resource Center for Racial Healing which included being a Project Advisor – Diversity for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory Saturn Titan Mission.

Whether Sharon is speaking to a boardroom full of executives or a group of seminar participants in South Africa, she applies her professional experiences and formal training to implement cultural change. Sharon has received numerous awards for her work in helping people unite including Spiritual Midwife of the Millennium Award for Cultural Diversity, one of six “Most Influential Black Women Entrepreneurs in Metro Detroit”, “Diversity Champion’s Honor Role” Birmingham Bloomfield Multiracial Community Council, the Houston, Texas Peace Award for Inter-group Understanding, and the TWIN award as one of 29 Outstanding Professional Women in Business and Industry. She has been quoted in several media publications.

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