Research Colloquium: Dr. Osagie Obasogie and Zachary Newman

Colloquium | February 23 | 12-1:30 p.m. | Haviland Hall, Haviland Commons

 Social Welfare, School of

Title: Race, Respectability Politics, and Social Movements

Since its inception in July 2013, the Black Lives Matter Movement has tried to shift public discourse regarding police brutality and deadly use of force. What has been the impact? In this talk, we will discuss results from our research examining how officer involved civilian deaths have been reported in local news media, both before this social movement began and after. Although some assume that the movement has led journalists to become more sensitive in their reporting, our qualitative assessment suggests that a dubious respectability politics persists that devalues victims’ lives and inflates the legitimacy of police force.

Osagie K. Obasogie is Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health.
Zachary Newman is a Visiting Scholar at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at the University of California, Berkeley.

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