Video series addresses history of institutionalized racism

Members of the College of Law faculty have produced a series of videos designed to examine the role of the legal system in institutionalized racism.

The project, spearheaded by the College of Law’s anti-racism task force and prompted by the death of George Floyd, seeks to answer the question “How Did We Get Here?”

The series will feature faculty discussing subject matter specific to their expertise and includes such topics as residential redlining, racial disparities in healthcare, biased legal reasoning and racial discrimination in jury selection.

Professor Greg Stein, who organized the project on behalf of the task force, said he hopes the series will improve understanding and educate viewers about how decades-old decisions within government and the legal system have resulted in socially accepted racial discrimination. 

“We decided it was important to take a look at the legal institutions and structures that may have laid the groundwork for these terrible events,” Stein said.

The series is available for viewing here.