The Long Summer of 2020: Race and Death in the United States

  • Tuesday, July 21, 2020 • 6:00 pm

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.

Valuing Black Lives

Daniel Harawa, Assistant Professor of Practice and Director, Appellate Clinic, WashULaw
Alexis Hoag, Associate Research Scholar, Columbia Law School  

Description: After the Civil War, the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified in part to extend equal protection of the law to Black victims of crime. Yet the criminal legal system, while disproportionately punishing Black people, persistently devalues Black lives. This reality is no clearer than in the context of capital punishment: the state is four times more likely to seek the death penalty in a case involving a white victim, and over 40 percent of the people sitting on death row are Black. Alexis and I will discuss the systemic devaluing of Black lives by the criminal legal system, and explore the implications for Black victims of state-sanctioned crime.

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