Unpacking the Tensions Between Minority Communities and Law Enforcement in the United States

The recent deaths of black men like Freddie Gray and Philando Castile have sparked a national dialogue on the tensions between minority communities and law enforcement in the United States. To understand the complexities of race, crime, and law enforcement in America, and to explore ideas for systemic change to address racial injustice and inequality, Roosevelt House invited faculty experts from Hunter College to provide commentaries. What follow are opinions submitted by Hunter College faculty members Shyama Venkateswar, Director of the Public Policy Program at Roosevelt House, Anthony Browne (Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Hunter College), Tami Gold (Film & Media Studies), David Julian Hodges (Anthropology), Michael A. Lewis (Social Work), and Howard Lune (Sociology), and Michaela Soyer (Sociology).


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Series Introduction: Race, Inequality and Law Enforcement: An Understanding of Complex Social Realities

By Shyama Venkateswar, Director, Public Policy Program, Roosevelt House and Distinguished Lecturer, Hunter College

Race, Policing and Black Lives

By Anthony Browne, Chair of the Department of Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies, Hunter College

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A Reason for Hope – Policing in America

By Tami Gold, Professor, Film & Media Studies, Hunter College; Filmmaker and Visual Artist

Evolving From a Culture of Divisiveness and Hate

By David Julian Hodges, Professor of Anthropology, Hunter College


Race and Police Shootings in America Today: The Role of Data in Shaping Public Opinion

By Michael A. Lewis, Associate Professor of Social Work, Hunter College

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Black vs. Blue : Worlds Apart?

By Howard Lune, Associate Professor of Sociology and the Director of the Graduate Social Research Program, Hunter College


The Intersections of Race and Poverty in the United States: Some Ethnographic Notes

By Michaela Soyer, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Hunter College

The writing and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute or Hunter College.