Provost Forum on Race, Community, and the Pursuit of Justice

Provost Forum on Race, Community, and the Pursuit of Justice


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 most recently 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 this past year.  This year’s Provost Forum will bring 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.  For those who are looking for a way to make a difference in our current environment, this Forum could provide you with some options.

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