Provost Forum 2017

Provost Forum 2017


Policing Color: Black, Brown, and Blue
Provost Forum on Race, Community, and the Pursuit of Justice
Friday, March 3, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Penn Pavilion, Duke University

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We are living in a moment in which significant tensions exist between law enforcement and communities of color.  Of course, these tensions are not simply a product of our time.  There is a history of racism in policing; and as a consequence of that history and based on the lived experiences of people of color, many communities of color bear a deep distrust of the police.  At the same time, law enforcement personnel sometimes feel besieged and isolated as police officers attempt to meet their duty to protect and serve many different communities.  The issue has taken on added urgency with the deaths of a long list of people of color following interactions with the police, as well as the deaths of police officers in Dallas and other cities in recent years.  The 2016-2017 Provost Forum brought together participants coming from multiple vantage points, activists, scholars, and police officers to help us better understand the problem in its full complexity; provide insights on the nature of police and civilian interactions; help us appreciate the impact on marginalized communities that are experiencing racial violence through the media; offer us a process for achieving justice between sometimes oppositional communities; and point us toward potential solutions.

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