Los Angeles World Affairs Council & Writers Bloc Present Elizabeth Hinton
On Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s
Thursday, May 20, 2021
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Support authors and local bookstores by ordering a copy of America on Fire from Eso Won Books here. You can also order Dyson’s Tears We Cannot Stop and to his recent hardback, Long Time Coming from Eso Won Books.
America has seen, over and over again, that police violence against Black people leads to Black rebellion. These rebellions have taken different forms since the 1960’s, as Elizabeth Hinton, Professor of History, African American Studies, and Law, writes in her timely new book, America on Fire: The Untold History of Police Violence and Black Rebellion Since the 1960s. Following the murder of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer, Americans have demanded a reckoning. Elizabeth Hinton argues that while poverty and racism have led to violence in small and large urban Black communities across the nation, the trigger was always an act of police violence aimed at Blacks. In America on Fire, Hinton warns the public and policy makers that it’s not up to the police to just react to impossible social conditions, but it is up to policy makers and voters to change the system. And fast.
In conversation with Michael Eric Dyson, a Vanderbilt University Centennial Chair, Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, and a University Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society in the Divinity School. Dr. Dyson has written on a variety of subjects relating to race, social class, and justice. He is a political analyst on MSNBC and a frequent guest on NPR.