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Law and Order: Beyond Systemic Racism
June 26, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Power and domination achieved through violence and oppression riddled with racism is entrenched and glorified within US history. This ideology which put in place the structures of “order” makes it acceptable to use excessive force, punishment, and target black and brown people. This also explains vigilantism and why people applaud the use of violence as seen when demonstrators were beaten, tear gassed, run over, and arrested. With cries to ‘defund the police’ on one end and ‘back the blue’ on the other, we appear to be at a social impasse and can either work to eliminate racism or simply move it to another arena. Together we will discuss: What is meant by “law and order.” How does racism justify, perpetuate, and normalize violence against black people? Can people acknowledge that society has been built on a hierarchy of human worth? If we defund/dismantle the police, how do we ensure that we don’t repackage systemic racism? With a history of mental institutions, alternative schools, and child welfare laws how can social service providers and educators keep from enforcing “law and order.”
June Monthly Dialogue, facilitated by Laura Gomez-Horton, YWCA Greater Austin Clinical Director. Monthly Dialogues on issues of racism and discrimination are a place for safe conversation, allowing participants to respectfully share their thoughts, experiences, and information. Monthly dialogues are not a place to spread personal agendas, hatred, negativity, etc. Rather they are a forum for people from all walks of life to come together as a community to create deeper, more holistic understanding of the topic being discusses.
Zoom will be used to facilitate the workshop, it is requested that participants who have access, will utilize their cameras to create a deeper sense of connection. Looking forward to seeing you there!