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Edinburg, TX - Today, systemic racism continues to persist in our communities and while the nation has undoubtedly made progress structural racism is still embedded and deeply rooted in our culture. Data and research show how Black Americans experience different treatment from their white counterparts. Even though we have become more racially and ethically diverse, hate crimes have been on the rise not only has it pervaded our economic, social, and civic systems but also how we interact with one another on a daily basis. Through individual and collective efforts, we have made meaningful progress where people have become determined to never give up till all people have equal rights.
The tragic cases of Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd all killed at the hands of police incited such outrage that massive protests ignited across the country as a cry for racial justice. The Black Lives Matter movement was formed from these horrific incidents of police brutality sparking major transformation across policing, education, entertainment, and more.
Dr. Peter Kranz is a highly esteemed retired clinical psychologist and Professor who has worked at mental health clinics, colleges and universities but is most notably known for his valuable contributions to improving race relations.
Peter obtained his Bachelor’s degree from Grinnell College in 1963 and his PhD in 1969 from Utah State University. From 1972 to 1977 when he taught in the University of North Florida, Peter put together an extremely unique course called Human Conflict: Black and White that received national media attention.
Peter’s tireless work over the years is an example of how we can improve racial injustice and build a better bridge towards empathy and inclusion that benefits us all.