Wearing Masks: Racial Prototypes, Stigma and Risks

Topic  Racial profiling during Covid 19,  Ahmaud Arbery,
Wearing Masks: Racial prototypes, Stigma and Risks
Terrance Stewart, MA   State-wide Director of  Time  Done
Broadcast Air Date:  05/21/2020
Time: 5:15 PM (PST)
Station: KUCR 88.3 FM Riverside, CA
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Segment produced in KUCR, the radio station of the University California in Riverside.

Disclaimer: The views expressed are the sole responsibility of the respective speakers and do not represent the endorsed position of the UC Regents, UC Riverside or KUCR.

Discussion Topics:

  • For many of us, the shelter in place did not decrease vulnerabilities but intensified our threat levels.
  • Why is risk of death from Covid-19 greater for the African American community than other communities?
  • Many people feel more vulnerable to risk of physical injury from others than from  contracting Covid19
  •  Depending on the skin tone, some us wear the mask and signal a threat 
  •  Why can some people  wear bandanas as masks without activating alarm?
  • Are police shifting their practices away from targeting bandanas as suspicion and instead moving toward bandanas as safe?
  • How did the narrative of African-a American communities being more at-risk of  contracting Covid-19, result in a heightened fear of African American communities in public?
  • Are the prior systems of violence also quarantined?
  • People that were hungry before the Covid-19 shelter in place policy are now more hungry under the Covid19 quarantine efforts.
  • People that were harassed by the police before the Covid-19 shelter in place policy are now harassed more under the Covid19 quarantine efforts.
  • The stigma applied to certain populations
  • What are the psychological effects of lynching?
  • What is relationships between the infrastructure of caretaking of deceased bodies away from public site and lack of concern of threats of Covid-19?
  • Are we desensitized from seeing people coded as Black being killed?
  • What is the history in United States   displaying dead Black bodies?
  • How do we internalize the multiple examples of violence toward the Black community and express it our families?
  • How do we make sense of he killing of Ahmaud Arbery within the context of Covid-19?
  • What is the history of lynching as state sanctioned violence?
  •  Why is there a debate of whether the  killing of Ahmaud Arbery was  a form of racism?
  •  How do we define racism?
  •  Is the release of Travis McMichael and Gregory McMichael a form of state sanction of their acts?
  • Is racism as American as apple pie?
  • What are the first legal codes that identify people as Black?
  • Why did Travis McMichael and Gregory McMichael suspect robbery if  Ahmaud Arbery   was jogging?
  • Is every person that jogs suspected of having committed a crime?
  • What are the dictionary  associations with the colors black, brown, yellow, red and  white?
  • How does our language rewrite our codes of inequality?
  • If we invest in understanding the system, we can build a better future.
  • Why is self-love and self-appreciation threatening to a system that relies on inequality?
  •  Why can’t some of run in public because it is perceived as threatening?
  •  Have you read the book   Bad boys by Ann Ferguson?
  • -Have you seen the  film Juice?
  • Why is there a stigma associated with wearing a hoodie?
  • Why do we have to sacrifice our comfort so other people can be more comfortable?
  • Where do people get their ideas about racial prototypes and stigma?
  • If Mexicans, Native Americans and Asians  were also Lynched, then why do we only  associate lynching with Black  communities?

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