White Like Me film event
White Like Me, documentary + VIP event with filmmaker activist Tim Wise
Documentary filmmaker and anti-racist educator, Tim Wise, in conversation with JayVon Muhammad, CEO of Marin City Health & Wellness Center. Tim Wise explores race and racism in the U.S. through the lens of whiteness and white privilege, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with the legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today.
About the Film
This documentary film offers a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy. White Like Me offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class. For years, Tim Wise's bestselling books and spellbinding lectures have challenged some of our most basic assumptions about race in America. White Like Me is the first film to bring the full range of his work to the screen – to show how white privilege continues to shape individual attitudes, electoral politics, and government policy in ways too many white people never stop to consider.
Racial Inequity in Marin
This evening is a fundraising event for two local nonprofits addressing racial inequity. Marin City Health & Wellness Center provides innovative health and wellness services to all, with the goal of African American health equity. Marin Grassroots, develops leadership for equity in Marin nonprofits, boards and commissions through grassroots participation and education.
Supporting Programs that Make an Impact
Social Determinants of Health mean that a patient’s zip code has a greater impact on wellbeing than their genetic code – poverty and illness are directly correlated, as are wealth and health. Marin City Health & Wellness provides wraparound services to keep people healthy. Programs like the summer Quality of Life Road Trip, The Defenders and Girl Power support Black youth in grades 6-12. When young people live in trauma, they are more likely to struggle in school and have chronic illness later in life (such as depression, diabetes and cardiovascular disease).
Marin Grassroots informs, educates and engages communities and their leaders on topics related to public policy, civic engagement and leadership development. Our work is guided by the Marin County Equal Voice Platf
orm. This event launches a new membership campaign where people can influence policy. Now, more than ever, we need to be involved to protect the strides we've made, and to insure the march to equity is not halted.