Wed, 10 Jun | Zoom Meeting

US Uprising Against Racist Cops

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US Uprising Against Racist Cops

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10 Jun 2020, 18:30 – 20:00
Zoom Meeting

About the Event

The USA is in the grip of an urban revolt against racist policing.  

People were shocked when they saw the video of Amy Cooper in Central Park threatening to call the police on a black man knowing it could put his life in danger. She weaponised her whiteness and widespread fear of the NYPD – who have strangled Black men to death in public and got away with it. 

Then the video of George Floyd being murdered by a racist cop in Minneapolis exploded across the internet. Yet again a killer cop had shown that Black lives don’t matter. 

After 400 years of racial oppression, 50 years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, 30 years after Rodney King was beaten to death by racist cops and protestors responded by setting LA alight, eight years after Trayvon Martin’s murder led to the founding of Black Lives Matter, the United States remains as institutionally racist as ever. 

So barricades have gone up, buildings are burning, stores are being looted, and hundreds of thousands of Black, Latinx, and White youth are battling paramilitary racist police.

This meeting will analyse the urban revolt in the context of racial and class oppression in modern America. Join us on the Zoom call. 

Main Speaker

Tommy J Curry is a Professor of Philosophy and holds a Personal Chair in Africana Philosophy and Black Male Studies at the University  of Edinburgh. His latest publication, The Man-Not, won an American Book Award and uses a cross-disciplinary approach encompassing sociology, history, and philosophy to challenge common academic narratives about Black men and boys. Curry seeks to better understand the genred existence of Black men, an existence that means they struggle with death, suicide, abuse, and rape. His work has been the subject of a campaign of targeted harassment from the Alt-Right. He has argued that ‘philosophy should lead to some sort of activism because if philosophy is serious about changing the world, then the only way the world changes is through policy or activity that causes transformation’.

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