Featuring Drs. Angela Hattery and Earl Smith; Moderated by Robert Patillo.
The events unfolding across our nation today renew a long-standing call for fundamental changes to our nation’s institutions. While today’s cries carry the echoes from the protests following the deaths of Trayvon Martin, Freddie Gray, and so many other Black people killed by the police, and the hopes for change from the marches of the Civil Rights Movement, the current story of race, racism, and white privilege in America has its roots firmly planted in over 400 years of history. It is by fully understanding our nation’s past legacy of chattel slavery that we can begin to combat our current social structures that perpetuate institutional racism.
Join us on June 30th for a virtual discussion with sociologists Angela Hattery and Earl Smith, co-authors of Policing Black Bodies. In their work, Drs. Hattery and Smith make a compelling case that the policing of Black bodies goes far beyond individual stories of police brutality. They connect the regulation of African American people in many settings, including public education, industry, and the criminal justice system, into a powerful narrative about the ways class, race, and gender contribute to injustice, as well as the perils of colorblind racism.
Moderated by civil rights attorney Robert Patillo, this 90-minute conversation will examine the ways in which the chattel slavery system of America’s early history manifests itself in the variety of ways in which Black people are literally and symbolically policed today.