Episode 2:Black and Blue:An Exploration of the Inequities in a Broken Criminal Justice System

Episode 2:Black and Blue:An Exploration of the Inequities in a Broken Criminal Justice System

In this episode of the Demystifying Diversity Podcast, Daralyse Lyons looks at the ways in which institutional racism creates power dynamics that support brutality against Black and Brown Americans. She explores how and why unexamined biases make us a danger to ourselves and others and how introspection, reflection, and exposure to diversity are imperative if we hope to create a better system. The guests in this episode divulge important information about the mass incarceration of Black males in America and how the enduring impacts of slavery continue to place Black and Brown people at risk.

Black Americans account for 12 percent of the U.S. population, yet they make up approximately 40 percent of the nation's prison inmates. Until we own and acknowledge the deeply rooted nature of racism, we will never put an end to the cycle of violence and victimization.

This episode explores how police officers are not only often inflicting pain on communities of color, but also on themselves and how officers of color find themselves in the painful predicament of being forced to choose between their Black identities and their blue uniforms.

As we move forward, it is essential to ask ourselves: How can we create structures that promote vulnerability and prevent against brutality?

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Voices featured:

-Captain Edward Cobbs, Jr

-Russell Murray

-Dr. Howard Stevenson

-Salaah Muhammad

-August Terrier

-Senator Sharif Street

-Superintendent Christopher Flanagan

-Paul Reese

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