This 6-part series will address recent and past incidents of police violence against African-Americans, as well as the roots of institutional racial violence, its contemporary manifestations, and anti-racist protests. If you are interested in attending this discussion series, please register here. Missouri Bar CLE credit is available.
Protests are as American as Apple Pie
Kimberly Jade Norwood, Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law, WashULaw
Description: We are once again in the midst of a national uprising over the police killing of an unarmed and handcuffed Black man. Whether peaceful or violent, the protestors have been called terrorists and thugs. They are told protests do not work and instructed to “be rationale,” “calm down,” and “go home.” Yet, to the contrary, the history of this country reveals that protests have been the only way to effectuate transformative change in America. It is imperative now more than ever for us to look in the mirror and finally reconcile our dissonance with actual protests verses our professed verbal support for the right to assemble as reflected in the First Amendment to the Constitution.