Sunday, May 27, 2018
Research Innovation - RI 119
Black women, long the backbone of efforts to resist state violence, are insisting that we will no longer only play the role of aggrieved mother, girlfriend, partner, sister, daughter, or invisible organizer, and demanding recognition that we, too, are targets of police violence. Nevertheless, Black women’s experiences of racial profiling, the use of deadline and excessive force, sexual violence at the hands of police, and mass incarceration remain largely uncharted territory.
This presentation brings them all to the forefront, placing individual women’s stories into broader contexts, and identifying commonalities and distinctions between experiences of Black women and other women of colour. It also explores the ways in which women’s experiences of policing take forms short of fatal force, and how they are uniquely informed by race, nation, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, poverty, disability, and madness. Drawing on individual stories and existing research, this presentation gathers broader patterns and paradigms of policing that drive police violence against Black women and women of colour, unmasks the continuing operation of controlling narratives of Black women and women of colour rooted in colonialism and slavery in police interactions, and asks what these experiences teach us about manifestations of structural racism. Finally, in the spirit of “gathering diversities” and building community, it pushes us to consider what it would mean for women to no longer be invisible in the discourses of racial profiling, police brutality, mass incarceration, violence, and safety.
With financial support from the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences International Keynote Speaker Support Fund.
Simutaneous interpretation available.
Speakers: Andrea Ritchie, Researcher in Residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality and Criminalization, Social Justice Institute, Barnard Centre for Research on Women