Dalziel Building, 250 Frank Ogawa Plaza
: 2:00—3:00pm

“Superpredators.” “Thugs.” Such racially coded language, used by politicians and the media alike to describe young black men, has enabled the passage of sweeping, tough-on-crime legislation that disproportionately targets communities of color. Using as a touchstone Elaine Brown’s 2003 book The Condemnation of Little B, about the life-sentence conviction of a thirteen-year-old African-American boy, this panel will address the tragic consequences of the lock-them-up-and-throw-away-the-key mentality—and the possibility of serving young people with justice.

ELAINE BROWN is an author and former leader of the Black Panther Party. Her memoir, A Taste of Power, was optioned by HBO for its miniseries The Black Panthers.

DASHKA SLATER has received a creative writing fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her articles have appeared in NewsweekSalonThe New York Times Magazine, and Mother Jones. She has published four children’s book and one book for adults.