No More Hashtags: Disrupting the Dehumanization of Our Bodies

Aired: October 20, 2020

Physical dehumanization plays out in thoughts, feelings, and actions that place the physical bodies of people of color at risk. BYMOC are portrayed as hypermasculine, beast-like, and possessing super-human strength. Even children are perceived as older and less innocent than their white counterparts. As a result, expectations for their behavior, strength, and carriage are skewed. This manifests in several ways–such as Black men being nearly three times more likely than white men to be killed by police and BYMOC being far more likely to be suspended, expelled, and arrested at school. Panelists will offer concrete direct service and policy solutions to end the vilification of the bodies of BYMOC and ensure their physical safety.

Panelists:

  • Byron Hurt (Moderator)
  • Dr. Rhonda Tsoi-A-Fatt Bryant, Forward Promise
  • Dr. Howard C. Stevenson, Forward Promise
  • Tshaka Barrows, W. Haywood Burns Institute
  • Anthony D. Smith, Cities United

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