Confronting Racist Profiling: Creating Safer and More Welcoming Neighborhoods
When: Saturday, January 23, 2021 at 1pm
Presented by: Neighbors for Racial Justice
Hosted by: Oakland Beat 22x Neighborhood Council
This summer, millions of Americans protested in our streets on behalf of Black Lives in the wake of the murder of Brayla Stone, the unjust grand jury decision following Breonna Taylor’s killing, and the televised police murder of George Floyd. The Movement for Black Lives has been called the largest protest movement in U.S. history. Meanwhile, our outgoing administration gave marching orders to white supremacists during a national Presidential debate. And, nationally, police have killed at least one Black man or woman every week in 2020. In this climate, Neighbors for Racial Justice (N4RJ) offers our community a powerful webinar, Confronting Racist Profiling: Creating Safer and More Welcoming Neighborhoods.
Through personal storytelling, posts from Next Door, and images from popular media, the presentation offers an opportunity for digging deeper into exploring our own racism and anti-Blackness. Shikira Porter, a Black woman, and Debra Israel, a white woman, explore how our conditioned racist/anti-Black beliefs undermine public safety efforts and drive profiling, bringing devastating harm to our neighbors of color, especially those who are Black.
Please note that the presentation could be triggering for Black, Indigenous and other People of Color. We intend to inspire a conversation with our neighbors and others who are willing to wrestle with the ways our racism/anti-blackness collude with safety efforts.
This presentation is recommended for you if you want to:
- Raise awareness of racial bias/racist viewpoints that we all hold
- Understand the harmful impact of our biases and racist profiling
- Identify one thing we can do to reduce harm