We are contemplating the probable outcomes of the shootings of African Americans over the past two years, in the community of Racine, Wisconsin. Four men have been killed, and seven people wounded, with shots that have left the victims in a coma or in critical condition. These events have reminded us all of many of the tensions that exist in American society, the persistent hostility toward people of color and the increasingly violent tensions that have arisen in recent decades. They have also reminded us of the responses of the media.
A 2014 report by Michael Lellis and Barrett Doyle of the Department of Administration estimates that over the course of more than three decades, more than $51bn has been invested by the state in projects, companies, and companies that have targeted people of color, primarily African Americans. We are interested in exploring how we can restore some semblance of order to the community of Racine, following the shootings of African Americans. What role does the mass media play in perpetuating racism? How do institutional responses to racial violence fit into this larger landscape? Where do social networks, trauma, and geography intersect? Can a process of process theory be applied to help facilitate dialogue on these issues?
Welcome to this interactive video in collaboration with Leah Ballou, a professor at University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. We invite you to respond to questions along the way, and help create an archive of evidence that will make our work more valuable as we continue to investigate the violence and abuse that many of us know exists in our communities.
Question/speaker session from five years ago on TV still haunts Dan White
Leah Ballou, A. William M. Waybourn Professor of Theology and a co-founder of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Photo (Courtesy of Leah Ballou): Leah Ballou, A. William M. Waybourn Professor of Theology and a co-founder of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, Photo (Courtesy of Leah Ballou):