Why Police Compliance Does Not Save Black Lives: Racial Bias and the Need to Restructure the U.S. Criminal Justice System 

Dr. Rashawn Ray, Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Maryland

Abstract: How do we make sense of the killings of Philando Castile, Alton Sterling, and Korryn Gaines at the hands of the police? This presentation will provide an overview of some of the latest research on citizens’ interactions with the police. The presentation will use national and Prince George’s County data related to police brutality, police killings, and perceptions of treatment by the police. Using social psychological and critical race theories related to unjust treatment and implicit bias, this presentation will help attendees better understand racial differences in policing outcomes. 
 
About the speaker: Rashawn Ray is an associate professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Ray’s research addresses the mechanisms that manufacture and maintain racial and social inequality. His work also speaks to ways that inequality may be attenuated through racial uplift activism and social policy. Ray has published over forty books, journal articles, book chapters, and opinion editorials. Ray has been awarded funding from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Ford Foundation, American Sociological Association Minority Fellowship Program, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Ray was selected in the Forty Under 40 leadership program in Prince George’s County in 2014, the Outstanding Black Male Leader of Tomorrow in Bloomington, Indiana, in 2010, and the co-chair of the Ford Foundation Scholars Conference in 2015. He has been awarded mentorship awards from the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars Program, Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Program, and the departments of sociology at the University of Maryland and Indiana University. Previously, Ray served on the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington planning committee and the commission on racial justice with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Ray has written op-eds for New York Times, Public Radio International, and Huffington Post. He runs the #DailyThought Vlog at rashawnray.com.
 
This event will be held in the Hoff Theatre in the Stamp Student Union, University of Maryland.

Co-sponsored by the Sociology Department’s Critical Race Initiative

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Date: 
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 - 4:00pm

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