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Tuesday, July 28 • 14:46 - 16:15
"When #BlackWomen Trend: Public Discourse, Social Media Sharing, and Black Women’s Experiences with Police Violence"

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Authors: Dara Byrne and Naomi Haber

The recent killings of Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and Michael Brown have once again drawn attention to racial disparities in police use of excessive force in the United States. Despite data that shows that black women are more likely to experience excessive force than their white counterparts, mainstream media representation of victims focuses almost exclusively on black men. Much of what is known about black women's experiences with police violence has been the direct result of social media sharing of personal stories, viral videos, and anecdotal evidence--many of which circulate with the popular hashtag trend #blackwomenmatter. Given the dearth of formal research on this topic, this study employs a multi-step, multi-method design to analyze social media sharing of six recent brutality cases involving black women. The goal of this research is to provide valuable insights into the ways social media spaces help to foster (and sometimes hinder) public debate about the intersections between race, gender, class, and police violence. Examining these interrelated issues is essential for expanding how we currently understand the pervasiveness of violence against African-American communities and the role social media plays in calling attention to such injustices.

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Naomi Haber

Hello! I'm an undergraduate honors student at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. I have designed a dual concentration major called 'New Media and Social Justice' with the CUNY BA program and will be beginning my junior year this Fall of 2015.

Tuesday July 28, 2015 14:46 - 16:15
(7th Floor) Room TRS1-109 (Ted Rogers School of Management) 55 Dundas St West, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3

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