Racial profiling is an unspoken but pervasive problem throughout the United States. It stigmatises and criminalises people of colour from as early as their pre-teens, violating the rights and civil liberties of innocent people, and having devastating consequences on entire communities.
The Atlantic Philanthropies and The New Press invite you to join authors Michelle Alexander and Paul Butler and individuals who have experienced profiling firsthand for an illuminating conversation about this problem, and a discussion of what can be done about it.
A longtime civil rights advocate and litigator, Alexander was a 2005 Soros Justice Fellow. She holds a joint appointment at the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in Columbus, Ohio, where she lives. The New Jim Crow is her first book.
Paul Butler is a leading criminal law scholar and current Law Professor at Georgetown University Law Center. He served as a Federal Prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, where his specialty was public corruption. While at the Department of Justice, Professor Butler also served as a special assistant U.S. attorney, prosecuting drug and gun cases. Butler provides legal commentary for CNN, NPR, and the Fox News Network. He has been featured on 60 Minutes and profiled in the Washington Post. He has written for the Post, the Boston Globe, and the Los Angeles Times and is the author of Let’s Get Free: A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice (2009).
A 20 year-old man from East New York, Brooklyn, Coello is a Freshman at Medgar Evers College and a youth member at the Institute for Juvenile justice Reform & Alternatives, a project of the Center for NuLeadership. He has experienced racial profiling and illegal frisk and search by the police in New York City numerous times.
Alice Walker Duff
Dr. Alice Walker Duff serves as Program Executive at The Atlantic Philanthropiesâ€™ Disadvantaged Children & Youth Program responsible for the implementation of the Integrated Services in Schools Initiative.
A devoted father and former job counselor, Hutchinson contributed his multiple racial profiling experiences to the book, 12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today.
Kica Matos heads the U.S. Reconciliation & Human Rights Programme at The Atlantic Philanthropies, and is based in New York.
Legal scholar Paul Butler examines four primary attitudes on racial profiling in post-9/11 America. Butler argues that proponents of racial profiling underestimate the costs of the practice, while overestimating the benefits. "It makes us feel more secure when we're not."