Opening up the discussion on Race in the City of Tacoma.
Originally, Race In Tacoma was created as a community forum and panel event held on Dec. 2nd, 2014 @ The Grand Cinema. In light of the Ferguson Decision, several community members shared their anger, sadness, frustrations, distaste, angst, and overall dissatisfaction with the justice system, government, and the police. I asked one youth in my life, Ms. Tiffany Hammond, who I see as a bright light in this community, what would make it all better. Her response was, as a first step, for those who delivered the decision to acknowledged their wrong doing and apologize. A young man is dead, years of life stripped away ~ family, friends, and community beyond community are left to mourn. So yes, it would be great if someone would apologize but highly unlikely! My suggestion was an open conversation in Tacoma on race. From this suggestion, and a conversation with my friend Erin Jones, spun a series of events leading to community members rallying to create the space for such a forum. Community leaders stepped up to panel (Erin Jones, Troy Christensen, Jasmyn Jefferson, Chris Jordan, Keith Blocker, Nicholas Bradford, and Kit Evans). A moderator was suggested (Jaire Winesberry). The space was offered up (Thank you Grand Cinema!). A friend sponsored food (Thank you L. Denice Randle!). Camera people and photographers were ready to document the course of events. And community leaders offered up statements sharing their thoughts on Ferguson and what it means for Tacoma. Community members were spreading the word. On top of all of this, local news papers were getting the word out (Post Defiance, The Tacoma News Tribune, Tacoma Weekly & more). From this over 1400 people were suddenly invited to this event that was being held in a room that at maximum capacity could only hit 100. Suggestions & Resources The goal of this page is to share information and future events. Several people since the event have contacted me asking how to educate themselves, how to get more involved in movements happening in Tacoma. Below were my suggestions with links to video and books. This is a process for all of us ~ discovering what we don't know in our own racial identity development. I'm excited people want to help make our city better! There are so many ways that this is possible. As far as education and ongoing dialog with others, I highly recommend The Conversation. Dr. Dexter B. Gordon, who spoke on Tuesday, has a group that meets every Sunday from 10-1 @ Tacoma Urban League. There is a great workshop that I recommend as well. It is called the Undoing Institutional Racism Workshop put on by The People's Institute Northwest. This is one of the few workshops that breaks down the history on race and racism in America & how to be a change agent in your own city and in your own institution. Also, every two years Race and Pedagogy Institute through the University of Puget Sound puts on a National Conference that you won't want to miss! Check out their page: Race & Pedagogy. On the other hand, if you are interested in reading or watching videos and learning more on a personal note vs. in a group setting, I highly recommend these books and films: -The People's History of the United States by Howard Zinn -Race: The Power of Illusion -The Slave Ship by Marcus Rediker -Tim Wise ~ White Privilege -The Eye of The Storm by Jane Elliot -The Color of Fear(The whole documentary is very educational. It is about a man who brought a whole group of men to a retreat. The men are from all different walks of life and all different ethnic backgrounds. This retreat was a month long, they only met with each other, and it brought out all shades on race. The clip I attached is probably the most explosive of them all but also one of the more informative parts)
This is a good start. Also, for making our city better, we need more white people to speak to other white people about race.
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Race In Tacoma: The Beginning
Ferguson Decision ~ Race In Tacoma (The 1st of many events) Dec. 2nd @ The Grand Below are bios and documented statements from all of those involved Dec. 2nd, 2014.
Bios Tiffanny Badu Hammonds, Student & Performer Tiffanny is a senior at SOTA. Born November 18, 1996 in Oakland,CA. Raised in Tacoma, WA. A member of Fab-5 and several other local groups. She attends Allen AME Church, where she's active in her choir and youth ministry. She has sung at many local events, including MLK day at the convention center and Race and Pedagogy. Tiffanny hopes to continue expressing herself in the arts. In many shapes and forms. She will continue to speak out about injustice and human rights.
Kit Evans, Executive Director of Hilltop Artists Panelist Kit Evans has been an Executive Director and consultant for non-profits for over 40 years; creating organizations, raising funds, developing programs, lobbying for legislative reforms, and advocating for social change in multiple venues. Her early work included founding Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis, the second shelter for domestic violence in the in the U.S., along with a program for batterers, creating new laws impacting how arrests were made, and mandated police and trooper training; she was later instrumental in creating a chain of shelters and sexual assault centers across Alaska.
Evans has raised over 22 million dollars for programs and facilities including domestic violence shelters, sexual assault centers, AIDS housing and the Arts. Evans has also served as a member and officer on numerous boards and commission, and received local and national recognition. She is a graduate of The Evergreen State College Tacoma and received her MA at Antioch Seattle. She currently is a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum, and a member of Tacoma’s Rotary 8.
The Executive Director for Hilltop Artists since 2006 , Kit Evans is a passionate supporter for creating awareness of the arts as central to the well-being of our community, and as a core element of cognitive, social and academic learning for youth of all cultures and economic backgrounds. Integrated deeply into this work has been a focus on equity work and the achievement gap in the Tacoma Public Schools, including the development of long term vision, goals and objectives for Tacoma schools, to create systems that will shift the outcomes for all students.
Keith Blocker, Founder of CELD Panelist Keith Blocker is the founder of CELD. CELD specializes in diversity training, leadership workshops and team building through stimulating seminars across cultural differences. CELD bridges the gap between individuals and groups and supports them in recognizing that our differences are not liabilities, but are our greatest assets.
Mission Our mission is to help individuals and groups work successfully across differences of race, class, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age and disabilities with grace and respect.
Vision Our vision is to create safe learning environments for stimulating cross-cultural dialogues that will help enhance our community.
Keith Blocker is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound, receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication. In February of 2009, he received the Business Masters Exchange Club of Pierce County Golden Deeds Award for his work with young people in the community, teaching them the importance of civic engagement. In November of 2009, he received the Dennis Seinfeld’s Emerging Leadership Award from the City Club of Tacoma. As a Youth Development Specialist, he lead the Male Involvement Program; this program engaged middle school youth in completing their academic responsibilities while involving them in community service. In May 2013, he became a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. Keith Blocker is deeply involved in community efforts to creatively and effectively address some of the social issues that plague communities such as Tacoma's Hilltop neighborhood. Due to his community service involvement, he has developed many strong alliances within his community.
Troy Christensen, Chief of Operations and Strategy @ MDC Panelist Troy Christensen is the Chief of Operations and Strategy at MDC- the Metropolitan Development Council, a large non-profit focused on reducing poverty by providing equitable access to housing, healthcare, education and employment. Highlights of his career include 15 years at Greater Lakes Mental Healthcare as Clinical Director; Executive Director of the Geneva Foundation- a non-profit medical research company that supports and conducts medical research in military hospitals and federal laboratories; Mental Health Manager for Pierce County and most recently Pierce County’s Homeless Programs Administrator.
Troy has a bachelor’s degree in music performance from Willamette University, and graduate degrees in Counseling, Clinical Psychology, and Health Administration.
Troy volunteers on several boards of directors- the American Leadership Forum Tacoma/Pierce County Chapter, the National American Leadership Forum, The Washington Low Income Housing Alliance, the Rainbow Center, and the Grand Cinema. Other organizations where Troy volunteers his time and fundraising efforts include Oasis, the Emergency Food Network, the Greater Tacoma Community Foundation Fund for Women and Girls, Habitat for Humanity, AIDS Housing Association of Tacoma, the Greater Metro Parks Foundation, the College Success Foundation and Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.
Social justice is a key factor in how Troy spends his time, both occupationally and volunteering. Core to MDC’s mission is to impact institutional racial bias and the gaps in opportunity for people of color.
Erin Jones, Educator, Public Speaker, Director of AVID @ TPS Panelist Erin Jones has been involved in education for the past 23 years as an athletic coach, a public and private school teacher, an instructional coach, a state assistant superintendent, and a district executive. Erin has taught in a variety of environments, from predominantly African American to predominantly Caucasian to some of the most diverse communities in the nation.
She began her career in Philadelphia, followed by a move to South Bend, Indiana, followed by a move to Washington State, where she has now lived for 17 years. Erin received an award as the Most Innovative Foreign Language Teacher in 2007, while working at Stewart Middle School in Tacoma, Washington and was the Washington State Milken Educator of the Year in 2008 while teaching at Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington. She received recognition at the White House in March of 2013 as a "Champion of Change." Erin recently transitioned from Director of Equity and Achievement in Federal Way to Director of AVID in Tacoma.
Erin's greatest passion is to create equity by closing opportunity gaps and ensuring all students have access to quality early childhood programs, quality educators, high standards, culturally-relevant curriculum, proportional access to special programs, and intentional instruction in academic English. Erin has one high school senior who attends Timberline High School, two children in college (a son playing rugby at Central Washington University and studying to be a teacher, and a daughter at Southern Oregon University in the acting program), and a husband, James, who is also an educator.
Nicholas Bradford, Founder of Restorative Justice Center of the Northwest Panelist Nicholas Bradford is the founder of Restorative Justice Center of the Northwest. Nicholas has slowly been building systems that support schools implementing restorative practices. This work has evolved over that time to meeting the needs of schools that had specific need to working with schools to develop high fidelity implementation of multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) for Restorative Justice.
Through a partnership with Pierce County Center Dispute Resolution he has reached out to local schools in Pierce Co. as well as beginning to support Pierce Co. Juvenile Justice.
His work is focused on system level change. Nicholas is developing whole school (agency) approaches to dealing with painful conflict. From preventative community building practices that borrow from circle practice and ropes course type activities. He's developed tools and approaches to the middle level harm. These tools are challenging and are often tailored to the particular school or classroom. They seek to address minor disruptive behavior in an effective way that engages youth and teachers. Finally Nicholas uses the traditional Restorative Conferencing for the most severe cases of harm.
Nicholas is working with schools to create strong systems that students, teachers, and administrators have ownership over in order to create long lasting change and results.
Jasmyn Jefferson, President of Women's Council of Realtors Panelist Jasmyn Jefferson born and raised in Tacoma Washington, is a licensed managing broker at one of Tacoma's top real estate firms. While working in the private sector Jasmyn has maintained a balance of civic engagement through actively volunteering in her community as well as within her industry as a Realtor.
Serving as a youth coach with Metro Parks for several years, she also participated as a member of the Youth Sports and Aquatics committee and sat on the steering committee for the STAR center in the South End. A couple of other activities within the community have been participating with the City of Tacoma for the Foreclosure Intervention, affordable housing events and she also helped to found the Tacoma Urban League's Young Professional organization.
As a Realtor, Jasmyn has been engaged and active, currently she is on her second term as President of the Tacoma Pierce County Chapter of the Women's Council of Realtors. She is a member of the Government Affairs committee at the local Realtor Association, WA Realtor Key Contact for the State Representative of the 29th district, and is currently on the board of directors for Washington Realtors.
Jasmyn was raised by her single father and has a lovely adult daughter that attended Tacoma Public Schools.
Christopher Jordan,Muralist, Fab-5 Instructor As muralist specializing in large scale public work Chris Jordan's art is about decentralizing the creative process as a way to create shared meaning. Through a collage centered design process his aim is to bridge audiences and interrogate the histories at work where disparate standpoints endure unredeemed. This thinking underscores his work with the youth organization Fab-5 where he develops and fundraises for programs to reinforce expression, empowerment and peer support among young people.
Jaire Winesberry, Founder of Bird’s Eye View, Life Coach Our moderator Jaire Winesberry. Jaire is a native of Tacoma, Washington, is a U.S. Army Veteran and Founder of Bird’s Eye View, Life Coaching & Consulting. After serving four years on active duty as a Non-Commissioned Officer, Jaire pursued his Bachelor of Arts degree in Leadership at Faith Evangelical College & Seminary. Since then, he has worked in the capacity of life coach, speaker, mentor, and leadership consultant with numerous organizations.
Be it Veterans, adults, athletes, or youth, Jaire believes everyone has the capability to be great through the recognition of purpose and the perfection of each individual’s unique talents and abilities. Through life coaching, Jaire aims to add value to peoples’ lives.
Statements Fahren Johnson, YMCA-Center For Community Impact, Head of FCMS Eagle Center "Discussing injustice, studying injustice and living in injustice everyday brings a wealth of different perspectives. While we pray for Peace, I pray also that those who have influence in how laws are written and bills are passed, are bold enough to point out the injustice that is rooted and hidden in our local, city, state and federal judicial system. We have heard it many times, in so many cases, and from jurors who had no choice but to make decisions, based on how the law classifies or defines justice. It's the difference between doing what is right and doing the right thing."
"If we want to see a different outcome, we have to understand the current laws, find the disconnect and then encourage and lobby how the laws are written. The issue can no longer be addressed through subtleties of conversation, it is such a blatant disproportion of injustice, that it needs to be addressed with tenacity, boldness and political wisdom. In the meantime, I refuse to operate in fear, wondering if my son will be the next target of injustice, but I will use wisdom and discernment , as I continue to have very intentional conversations with my own children and other youth of color. My desire, is to equip them with the tools necessary to navigate being black in America."
Stella Haioulani, FYM Consultant/Philanthropist
“My thoughts on Ferguson ~ Ferguson Represents Every City in our NATION including Tacoma. Anytime we have a history of racism showcasing i.e., dogs fighting children, men and woman, public lynchings, the lack of response regarding Hurricane Katrina, over representation of blacks in prison, black children falling through the educational system, videos of police brutality especially against those who have no weapons to include children; it’s an example of the psychology of humanity and our perpetual antisocial, narcissistic societal behavior.”
Mark Lindquist, Prosecuting Attorney of Pierce County "I am saddened that there was a young life lost. I am saddened by the mistrust of our justice system. I am encouraged that most people are rejecting violence. I am encouraged that people in Tacoma are thinking and talking instead of burning and looting."
"We have work to do and in situations such as this I think of Robert F. Kennedy’s words, “The vast majority of white people and the vast majority of black people in this country want to live together, want to improve the quality of our life, and want justice for all human beings that abide in our land. Let's dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world. Let us dedicate ourselves to that, and say a prayer for our country and for our people.”"
Catherine Ushka,Tacoma Public Schools Board Member, Mother, Education Leader "In practice Justice is a broad stroke of grey. Economics, education etc all play a factor. It is simply true. You may feel like we don't have racism in Tacoma in the same way as Ferguson, but I would contend that based on our persistent disparities of economics, wages, education, judicial interaction, and civic leadership, racism is alive and well. To me this issue is not about police activity but about persistent underlying racism that passes as acceptable in our passive-aggressive Pacific Northwest culture. Perhaps it is not my personal fault or your fault (unless it is) but it is our collective responsibility regardless of the color of our skin. Every life matters - and it matters that they are lives of quality."
"What does this mean for Tacoma? Wake up! Suburban America is safely posting questions on face book in majority caucasian, higher-income areas wondering why anyone thinks rioting will make any difference in this event (and I resist posting back to each and all "well do we have your attention yet?!"). Tacoma has lost too many kids already, to gangs, to drugs, to violence. It is time for us to say 'enough!' Resist blaming. Stop being defensive. Commit to talking through solutions as a city and as individuals."
"Ferguson is not my personal fault or your fault (unless it is) but it and the realizations Ferguson makes us awaken to are our collective responsibility regardless of the color of our skin. Every life matters - and it matters that they are lives of quality."
Juan Reyes,Fab-5 Breakdancing Instructor, Student "It's sad to know that racism and crime still exist in that the dividing wall has yet to completely fall and that desire can alter our moral compass. It's important to work towards a perfect ideal and believe that scripture is true reading "how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.""
Dion Thomas, Artist & Student "I have been paying attention to the Michael Brown murder in Ferguson, MO since the beginning, though not as closely as I should have been. I admit once I heard the facts that it was an unarmed black teenager I tuned all the controversy out and immediately recalled two years ago another unarmed black teenager being murdered by the name of Trayvon Martin. I would talk about it with people at work and school but I would not watch the news in fear that I would be ashamed of the hype and propaganda that I would see. So I called and talked to my nephew about it who happens to be an 18 year old black male. He is Michael Brown. He is Trayvon Martin. We were not surprised at what happened but we were surprised by the fact that there was no consequences for the acts. I feel like what happened in Ferguson affects Tacoma by increasing racial tensions and magnifying our distrust for police."
Jack Connelly, Civil Rights Attorney, Connelly Law Offices The Tragedy of Ferguson: A Failure of a True Public Examination of the Facts
The tragedy of the Ferguson Missouri events is that the fact finding process took place out of the public view and left people guessing about exactly what had lead to the shooting death of African American teenager, Michael Brown.
The events underscore the huge amount of distrust that the minority communities feel for the police, and the failure of police departments throughout the country to work with leaders to address, and work to remove, this distrust. Instead we seem to be moving to a more militaristic police society with police officers reacting out of fear, and ready to shoot first, knowing that their actions will probably be determined justifiable.
The police in America occupy a position which requires great trust. There is perhaps no greater calling than to “protect and serve” one’s fellow man. However, when people see police officers dealing with people in increasingly arrogant, high-handed manner, self righteously justifying actions incidents based on racial profiling, using excessive and unnecessary force, and allowing minor incidents to escalate into major arrests and shootings, they lose the people’s trust. Once people have lost trust in the police they have no one to whom to turn to ensure protection. Violence results.
The evidence in Ferguson should have been clearly made known to the public in a public setting. All too often prosecutors, who work hand in hand with the police for convictions, go into grand jury settings working to protect and exonerate the police. Too often incidents that should receive public examination are resolved in favor of the police without true scrutiny and with prosecutors acting like they are bringing forth full evidence, but without the benefit of a real advocate for the victim. This is what happened in Ferguson. Perhaps Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown was justified. Perhaps he was justified in shooting 12 times. Michael Brown, however, lost his life and the incident deserves full examination and true public scrutiny. If this occurred people would at least feel that police actions were being properly reviewed, and not covered up.
Unfortunately, racial profiling, mistrust, police arrogance, excessive force and police escalation of incidents occurs throughout the United States. It occurs in Tacoma. We see many incidents in which citizens’ civil rights are violated by such actions. Some result in lawsuits. Some cannot for numerous reasons. This does not mean that the police are not doing their job. There are many good police officers who understand their role to protect and serve the people. It does mean that incidents such as the one which lead to Michael Brown’s death need to be fully reviewed and scrutinized by people who are truly independent and in a setting in which people trust that the evidence is not being presented in a one-sided manner, or in an attempt to cover up what truly occurred. It is unfortunate that this did not occur in Ferguson.
Jack Connelly is a civil rights attorney practicing in this community for the past 30 years with Connelly Law Offices in Old Town Tacoma and Seattle. He is a past President of the Washington State Association for Justice, was selected by Best Lawyers in America, is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a charter member of the National Crime Victims Bar Association. He has handled a number of civil rights cases involving police misconduct, racial profiling, excessive force and wrongful death. He also represented the families of the Lakewood Police Officers who were killed in the line of duty.
Michael Collier, First United Methodist Church "What Ferguson means for Tacoma..as Martin Luther King said, an injustice to one is an injustice to all. Tacoma should be vigilant that our policing methods are equitable and that there is communication between the police and it's citizens."
John wesley Levi III, Youth Pastor at Tacoma Christian Center "The current situation in Ferguson is showing us how divided Humanity is."
"So what does this all mean? In particular to young people of color, men especially."
"The first thing it reveals is that race will always play a role in how people view social justice and injustice. Race still divides families, friends, and communities. The race culture is so ingrained, that it clouds the perspectives of good human beings. Tacoma is no different than Ferguson or another community. One step away from an incident that divides family, friends and community."
"It's easier to meddle in angry and act upon that anger, than to forgive. It's easier to blame the "other" person, than to take responsibility for the action. It's easier to blame the other side, to justify actions, instead of taking ownership of the actions first and foremost. Taking responsibility of our actions free us. I have already accepted my part, therefore no need to blame in order to justify actions."
"For young people in Tacoma, I would encourage to not live in fear. I think it is important that young people of color do not accept the rhetoric of race. If a young person of color, merely see's themself as a color, race always wins."
"So what I'm saying is, the issues that are present and illustrated, the true root is deeper.Why did we stop seeing people for idividuals and not the race group we associate to them...?"
"Race will keep dividing us thin. I think we must become skeptical of race, because its' affects are almost always devisive and blameworthy, mixed with a little positive."
"Humanity is what the young people of today should be protesting for. Humanity is the cause we should rally around. Humanity is what we all are. It is what we have in common with one another. We have given race to much power in our own personal life and in the construction of societies and civilizations."
"What if young people of this generation in Tacoma learned to forgive and let that be the social justice that starts in the heart, because we cannot make any changes unless it is in your heart first. Then maybe we can take a shot at systems and society. Real Social Justice begins in the heart. Which is why the civil rights movement was powerful, it started in the heart and soul of those afflicted, all races included- young and old."
Lauren Vignec, Citizen of Tacoma
"Tacoma already leads our country, whether the rest of the country understands that or not. We need to keep leading. Here are two concrete realities specific to Tacoma.
"First, Tacoma's commitment to improving education has recently borne fruit. Graduation rates are up across the board, and they are up particularly among Native American, Pacific Islander and African American students. In Tacoma, black students now graduate from high school at higher rates than white students did just two years ago. We have not only increased the graduation rate to its highest level since tracking began in 2003, but the gap between different racial groups has narrowed."
"The second reality is less recent. The Tacoma Needle Exchange Program is the oldest continuously operating syringe exchange program in the United States. While the so-called war on drugs has been a horrifying failure in this country--an even worse experiment than Prohibition--public health efforts to deal with addictions have been successful. Tacoma is and always was on the cutting edge of proving that public health efforts work where incarceration fails."
"Ending the drug war and improving education will not end forever the killing of unarmed blacks by police. However, when the incarceration and education narratives change, the individual interactions between police and people of color also change."
"My sincere hope is that Tacoma learns from Ferguson and New York City that we have no need to imitate those places. There is more hope in our own history, regardless of how difficult or complex our history is."
Dorian Waller, Executive Policy Consultant, Y Tacoma
Listen, Learn, Act
"Examine self, examine those close to you, the system you are a part of, and the culture(s) that drive(s) that system. No matter where you start in this process, the beginning and ending falls on you. You are the driving force behind identifying and addressing inequalities in our American way of life. And it lies on each of us to seek and accomplish ways to improve the health of our respective communities collectively."
"In the end, #blacklivesmatter and it is dependent on each and every one of us to make sure this tag remains actionable and not just a fad."
"Kindness to self and to one another is an never-ending practice that is more powerful than we may know. Smile more, laugh more, hug one another more, talk to one another more, support one another more, and unify when you are able to see beyond self. Your life and those around you depend on it."
"RiP Mike Brown and to the many unnamed individuals who paid the ultimate price for this American way of life."
Peter Bacho, Author & Professor at Evergreen State College Tacoma Campus "What happened in Ferguson underscores the importance of people of color becoming involved in the political process."
"The grand jury was made up of 12 persons, in this case, 9 white and 3 black. According to news reports, the jury voted 9 to 3 that they would not vote for indictment. We don't know what the actual breakdown was because grand jury proceedings are secret. But we can guess..."
"In most jurisdictions, jury panels are selected from voting rolls. Again, according to news reports, the voter registration for African Americans was disproportionately low."
In a fairer world, this issue would have gone to trial."
Dr. Dexter B. Gordan, Professor and head of Race and Pedagogy Institute Ferguson: A Revelation of Injustice in America December 1, 2014 (Short Version. For the full version click Race and Pedagogy Institute above) "Here we go again! The death of Michael Brown and the subsequent developments in the case represent one more American tragedy. The sheer predictability of the events in question, the familiarity of the racial dynamics, and the evidence that this case has touched a nerve around the question of race and justice represent an emergency alarm that the nation ignores at its peril. We cannot be satisfied with the state of affairs nor can we accept one more short-term rhetorical management approach." "Notions of a color blind society and a system of justice that does not judge on the basis of color ring hollow in the face of clear evidence of different applications of justice for blacks and whites and for the wealthy and the poor. Still, even as Ferguson reminds us of the enduring flaws in the system of justice, it also demonstrates in stark terms that people will not remain passive in the face of injustice and racism. It is through active responses and organized effort that we have made steps toward achieving anything close to racial justice in the United States. Tacoma has its own history of challenging race relations and strained relationships between law enforcement and the community. We therefore recommend that like the rest of the nation Tacoma should take note of the lessons from Ferguson. One key lesson is that a criminal justice establishment that does not look anything like the community it serves is asking for trouble, no matter how dedicated and professional its employees. The Race and Pedagogy Institute remains focused on the task of educating all learners to act to end racism. We are committed to this task of achieving racial justice and we join with others and invite your continued active partnership in the ongoing effort.
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