2020 Parren J. Mitchell Symposium
The Continuity of Criminalization: From Schools to Streets to Prisons
Criminalization in Daily Life
Panelists: Drs. Odis Johnson, Yasser Payne, and Bahiyyah Muhammad
Moderated by: Dr. Amelia Brannigan
Note: This year's symposium, postponed from the spring, will feature a series of virtual panels.
This first session explores how people from various racialized backgrounds experience criminalization in their daily lives. Criminalization happens to children of color in the education system, putting them on a path where the criminal label follows them beyond the classroom. Black and Latinx people are criminalized in public spaces such as while shopping at stores, going through airport security, or simply driving down the road. Moreover, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and the civil uprisings sparked by ongoing anti-Black racism, many of these experiences are heightened and highlighted in new ways. In this session, panelists will discuss various manifestations of criminalization and how they differentially affect particular racialized groups in society.