Thursday, February 16, 2006

Brazell Panel Discussion at Princeton 2/22

I came across the following announcement, of an event based in part on the unsolved murder of Rashawn Brazell, on Frank Léon Roberts's Brooklyn Boy's Blues site.

I'm borrowing the image, which is linked to the event site.

From Frank's site:

A panel discussion on “Injustice, Intolerance and Intersectional Identity” is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in 101 McCormick Hall at Princeton University.

Featuring Kwame Anthony Appiah, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values at Princeton, the discussion will explore the roles of the media, the police and the public in normalizing violence against individuals who stand at the intersection of marginal identity categories.

Appiah will be joined by Clarence Patton of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs and Rashad Robinson of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in analyzing how intersectional identity informs the management of hate crimes in America.

The discussion will draw primarily upon the unsolved murder of 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell, a black gay man from Brooklyn whose dismembered body parts were found in garbage bags throughout the borough's subways in February 2005. Desire Brazell, his mother, will make the opening remarks.

The panel will be moderated by Larry D. Lyons II, a PhD candidate in Princeton's department of English and co-founder of the Rashawn Brazell Memorial Fund.

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