Anti-Racism, Justice and Safety: Compatible or Conflicting Concepts?
As the investigation into the tragic death of Breonna Taylor at the hands of Louisville Metro police continues, citizens, organizations and public officials are raising questions about the laws and procedures that made such an incident possible. Are some of today’s laws racist? Can laws that were created decades ago be changed to ensure fairness and equal protection for all?
Those questions and others will be on the agenda for a forum titled “Anti-Racism, Justice and Safety: Compatible or Conflicting Concepts?” Scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 5 p.m., the program will include scholars and activists exploring police practice and other justice strategies that have a disproportionate negative impact on the Black community.
College of Arts and Sciences Interim Dean David Owen will moderate the discussion. Panelists will include Cherie Dawson-Edwards, chair and associate professor of criminal justice; Aishia Brown, assistant professor of health promotion and behavioral sciences; and Keturah Herron, policy strategist, juvenile justice, American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky (ACLU).
The event is free, but registration is required.
The forum is the second in a series of events being planned to explore issues around racism and social justice. The Provost’s Office is planning a session for later this month that will feature local and state policy leaders discussing plans to create a more socially just system of government in Louisville and throughout the commonwealth. That session and others will be featured on the UofL events calendar and on UofL Today.