Facing Our Truth: Ten Minute Plays on Trayvon, Race and Privilege are the result of playwrights wrestling with the 2012 death of Trayvon Martin, the trial and eventual acquittal of George Zimmerman.
The discussion ranged from how well the playwrights and actors developed their craft to portray these complex issues, to personal reactions to certain plays, to how knowledge & empathy can start a chain reaction for the betterment of society.
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Building trust is paramount for genuine community engagement
As I mentioned in our first community engagement post, Arnstein’s article on citizen participation (1969) shows us that there are wrong and illegitimate ways to do community or stakeholder engagement. In my research and my classes at Price, I’ve found that the first step to a legitimate process seems to be a legitimate desire by the engager to listen to the stakeholders and take their input into account when making decisions.
ATTN: quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School on the racial undertones in the public discourse that equate the death of an honor roll student as more tragic than other police shootings of black youth. “This is very much what the Black Lives Matter movement was cautioning against,” Armour told ATTN:. “The ‘politics of…
First year MPP student, Jue Song, details her experience learning about protests in the United States in her first post for Bedrosian Center.
New to America, one of the things that simultaneously fascinates me as much as it puzzles me, are the student protests. When I see students marching in the street, burning flags, and criticizing the government, I am shocked. Why are there so many protests? Why do so many students participate in protests?
U.S. News & World Report quoted Jody Armour in an article titled “Black Lives Groups Brace for ‘Law and Order’ Under Trump.” The piece speculates about how President-elect Donald Trump’s administration will investigate claims of unconstitutional police practices. “They would probably send the Department of Justice out to investigate fewer claims of police departments engaging…
The man in the video alleges that blacks are more violent, so it’s reasonable for cops to use force on them more often. The funny thing is, he never actually shows any evidence that cops use force because the suspect is more violent.
But we know that’s not the case.
Why are so many homicides committed by black Americans? There are really only two logical possibilities: Either they are innately more homicidal, or something has happened to them to put them in such a position.
The first possibility is, by definition, racism. It assumes that blacks are biologically different. Of course, any decent scientist can tell you that that’s not true, as can anyone who spends any time with black people.