Michelle Alexander on Racial Justice, Mass Incarceration and Black Lives Matter
Ford Foundation
January 11, 2016

“Following the death of Michael Brown, Alexander credited activists in Ferguson, MO for driving today’s intense debate about race in America—a conversation, she said, no one really wanted to have. So now, how do we sustain and expand on that conversation, and define racial justice goals that are truly transformational? To push the movement forward, Alexander said, we need to go beyond civil disobedience. The movement needs to be strategic in creating the kind of “public crises” that force widespread debate—and deliberate in making demands that can shift public opinion and create culture change.”

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