“It’s inevitable raising a young Black man,” reflected author Jabari Asim on raising black sons and the risks of police altercations. “We talk a lot about how to inhabit these bodies” he added in a discussion of his essay collection, We Can’t Breathe: On Black Lives, White Lies, and the Art of Survival
The United States has grappled with a tension in race and policing since the time of slavery—beyond the arrests of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement to today’s myriad cases of police brutality and resulting activism of the Black Lives Matter movement
. In a 2020 New York Times column
, professor George Yancy also pointed to echoes of the past in the racial struggles of today, referencing the history of Georgia’s lynchings reflected in the violent death on February 23, 2020 of Ahmaud Arbery, who went for a jog in Glynn County, Ga and was shot and killed by two white men.
This series of book talks, academic lectures and panel discussions on the Black experience in America considers how the Black community is policed in the United States and solutions to the systemic racism that informs the violence, as well as suggestions for reform of the institutions that are failing African Americans.