Ray Warren Symposium on Race and Ethnic Studies
Date: November 13 7:00pm Location: Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center
Council Chamber, Templeton Campus Center
Paul Butler, professor of law, Georgetown University Law Center
“A Hip-Hop Theory of Justice”
Presentation abstract: Hip-hop culture has documented the costs of mass incarceration and racial inequality in criminal justice more than other art form. Many of the artists come from communities which make them at risk of being victims of crime, and at risk of being arrested or stopped by the police. In their music, hip-hop artists imagine a justice system where everyone would be more safe and more free. In this presentation, Paul Butler uses hip-hop philosophy, music, and video to teach us how American criminal justice really works, and how it can be improved.