Posts byMaha Bayan

Black Lives Matter AC on Dismantling White Privilege

In late June, residents gathered with Black Lives Matter AC to gain greater insight on the various factors contributing to White Privilege and the underlying influences aiding its survival.  Several questions were considered, including the definition of privilege, why it exists, who it impacts, and how it can be dismantled. Michael Cluff, who has a background in Cognitive Psychology, tapped into the “science of privilege” with hopes of revealing elements that may help to dismantle its existence.  He discussed how we essentially have two brains—one automatic, one reflective—that process our social environments. He showed how our automatic brain makes shortcuts, which lead to

Black Lives Matter AC on the Role of Art in Social Change

“Art by nature is revolutionary.” This powerful statement was introduced by Atlantic County visual artist, Kelley Prevard. Her words encapsulate the mood felt throughout the May meeting of Black Lives Matter AC, highlighting the ways in which art can bring about social change historically and today. On Saturday, May 21st, Atlantic County community members gathered at Asbury United Methodist Church for their seventh monthly Black Lives Matter A.C. forum. Titled The Arts: Inspiring Social Change, this public event was part of a twelve-month series aiming to connect the sudden death of young unarmed black men to the slow violence of