Racial Literacy: Culture (October 13)
Culture is central to racial literacy, to historical and contemporary understandings of race and racism. New laws and policies focused on equity cannot be effective if cultural narratives replicate unthoughtful, racist, or elitist ideas. We will explore how culture, including art and fiction, shapes notions of race and racial hierarchies and also creates possibilities for change.
Racial Literacy: Community and Policing (October 20)
The history of policing in the United States is intertwined with the histories of slavery, voter suppression, and racial profiling, and yet effective policing strategies should and can contribute to the safety of communities. Against such a complicated back-drop, we discuss unsettling police violence beyond simplistic “bad apple” explanations, offering nuanced analysis how shortsighted, aggressive policing practices have produced profound negative effects on Black citizens’ perceptions of, and experiences with, the police.