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Systemic Racism, Police Brutality, and the Killing of George Floyd

protester in crowd holding sign that says Racism is a Pandemic

protester in crowd holding sign that says Racism is a Pandemic

protester in crowd holding sign that says Racism is a Pandemic

Photo credit: Lynne Sladky/Associated Press

The recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor are igniting fiery unrest around the world. Ethics Center staff and other SCU scholars address some of the key ethical dilemmas surrounding these tragedies.

Events

*Replay Event* No Going Back: The Killing of George FloydA panel discussion addressing a long history of oppression, brutality, and white supremacy and the laws and reforms that are needed to drive cultural change in the U.S.. Panelists LaDoris Cordell, retired superior court judge, former independent police auditor, and advocate for improving transparency into charges of police misconduct, and Tony Williams '15,  community engagement specialist, Science Museum of Minnesota, rapper, writer, SCU alumni and Markkula Prize Winner join moderator David DeCosse, director, Religious and Catholic Ethics and Campus Ethics Programs, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. 

Articles 

Ethics is the Act of Seeing by Don Heider, executive director of the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics

The #GeorgeFloyd Reckoning: America's Narratives Finally Collide by Subbu Vincent, the director of journalism & media ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

What Must be Spoken by Margalynne Armstrongassociate professor at the Santa Clara University School of Law and a Faculty Scholar with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Smart Phone Video Shows the Facts about America’s Police by Brian Patrick Green, director of Technology Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

I Am Tired: Reflections from a Santa Clara University Alumna by Zipporah Ridley ’17, a Santa Clara University alumna, former Hackworth Fellow with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and pro bono case manager at Philadelphia VIP, a provider of free legal services.

Answers and Action: Confronting Structural Racism by Anthony Hazard, associate professor in the Ethnic Studies Department at Santa Clara University.

Justice & Equity Require Leadership from All of Us by Ann Skeetsenior director of Leadership Ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. 

A (Morality) Tale of Two Protests by Peter Minowitz is a professor of political science at Santa Clara University and a Faculty Scholar with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics.

Killed by the Police: The Illegitimacy of the United States and the Legitimacy of Protests by Jonathan Kwan, Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral fellow in Immigration Ethics with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the College of Arts and Sciences at Santa Clara University.

 

Related Resources

Are online dating companies swiping left on Black Lives Matter? co-authored by Vikram R. Bhargava, faculty scholar with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and assistant professor of management & entrepreneurship at the Leavey School of Business and Suneal Bedi, assistant professor of business law and ethics at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University, (as published on Reuters).

Should Employees Be Fired in Response to Mass Social Media Outrage? by Vikram R. Bhargava, faculty scholar with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and assistant professor of management & entrepreneurship at the Leavey School of Business (as published on Newsweek).

The Template for Using White Privilege to Fight Racism bNancy C. Unger, professor of history at Santa Clara University, Faculty Scholar with the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, and author of the prize-winning biographies "Belle La Follette: Progressive Era Reformer," and "Fighting Bob La Follette: The Righteous Reformer."  (as published in the Washington Post) 

 

Thoughts on Moving Forward from the Ethics Center

We acknowledge the history of systemic racism and white supremacy in the United States. Statements are important, but actions are critical. How we move forward will indicate our true intent and the sincerity of our respect and love for others. Recent events have provided this opportunity for growth, appreciating and embracing those in the Black community and other People of Color. The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics recognizes how privilege has been used in creating unfair and unjust systems. We can’t achieve the Common Good and Justice for all without being intentional in our actions. We understand our own limitations and need for improvement. We join all those who have committed to solidarity and to act to improve the lives of current and future generations of the Black community.



Jun 5, 2020

  

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