[PAST EVENT] Panel 10. Interrogating the Narrative of “the Fear of Black Men” as a Defense for the Unjust Killing

March 26, 2022
2pm - 3:15pm
School of Education, In person at Dogwood Room and Virtual over Zoom
301 Monticello Ave
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location

Panel 10. Interrogating the Narrative of “the Fear of Black Men” as a Defense for the Unjust Killing of Black Males in America

12th Annual Lemon Project Spring Symposium

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Moderator: Dr. Tommy Curry, University of Edinburgh

    Michael Rene Taylor, Undergrad, Mary Baldwin University
    Miron Clay- Gilmore, Graduate Student, University of Edinburg
    Dr. Adebayo Oluwayomi, Howard University
    Dr. Dalitso Ruwe, Queen’s University

This panel seeks to illuminate how contemporary narratives of Black males as criminals engenders sex- specific forms of violence against Black males. To that end the first paper argues against contemporary forms of analysis that merely rely on race and discount sex when discussing incidents of police brutality as it relates to Black males. Furthermore, the second paper building on the first offers a compelling case for using Social Dominance Theory as a new theoretical model to understand how evolutionary mechanisms underpin the dynamic and lethal kinds of violence targeting Black males in the US. Following this intervention, the third paper, using Fanon’s notion of phobogenics as a theoretical framework, examines “the fear of Black men” as part of the psychology of oppression deployed by dominant males within the white community. The final paper situates eugenic caricatures of Black males in medical reports and writings by white vigilantes as narratives that justify the death of Black males. Considering these presentations, this panel calls for more nuanced studies that deconstruct narratives of Black males as criminals and justifies their death.


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