Racism: Community Conversation on Structural Racism, Accountability and Police State

April 24, 2018

Great event this evening in Durham on much needed topic that must take place across the country. Great panelists discussion on the following questions below. You can watch the entire talk on the event page (see previous post). Durham police also participated in the conversation and CPC looks forward to continue to work with them on issues related to racism.

Questions

1. Given the historical roots of structural police violence and anti-black racism in our country and local community, what can be done about current issues we are facing as a community in the way(s) that the police and/or justice system handle these issues?

2.What can we do as a community to acknowledge our responsibility and be accountable for the injustices of the past, and to take on the rectification of structural racism, both as citizens and the police force?

3. How can we make our communities safer—especially given that the historic purpose of policing was to enforce enslavement?

4. How do you see our community now in terms of gender, race, policing, and accountability, and how would you like to see it?

5. How have your experiences at the crossroads of gender and race, or another identity such as sexual orientation, shaped your ideas around policing?

7. What is a way forward that would be inclusive and keep our communities safe?

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HKonJ March

HKonJ March
Raleigh, North Carolina

Great turnout of many groups and organizations showing solidarity and unity. Carolina Peace Center was honored to be part of such a prestigious march. This is an amazing symbolic and uplifting event that takes place every year. What we take from this and how we use it is what is important. Two points.
1) Unity is important and that means supporting others especially who are subject to hateful and racist policies. 
2) We all need to realize that we have lot of power if utilized wisely and strategically then it can have a meaningful impact. Speak up. Stand up. Show up. Learn from the mistakes of the past and focus on policies and lawmakers who are behind destructive policies. Think institutions.