Week 19: July 12, 2021
UNMC 21-week Racial Equity Challenge
Welcome to the 21-week Racial Equity Challenge
Diversity scholar Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. [eddiemoorejr.com] created the 21-Day Challenge concept to promote a deeper understanding of race, power, privilege, supremacy, and oppression. The UNMC Department of Medicine has modified this challenge to create a 21-week program in collaboration with the Office of Inclusion. You can subscribe to receive weekly emails with suggested articles, podcasts, and webinars that will help you raise awareness, compassion, understanding, and engagement towards racial equity. You can get a lapel pin from the Office of Inclusion that will represent your commitment towards working towards racial equity and understanding the experience of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color who are your colleagues, friends, patients, and community members Track your progress here.
Sociologist Reuben Miller: Incarceration Creates a “Pariah Class” | Amanpour and Company Reuben Miller is a sociologist, criminologist, and social worker that exposes the reality of life after mass incarceration and shows that people with criminal records are never truly free after leaving prison.
The Afterlife of Mass Incarceration. 45,000 laws, policies and administrative sanctions impact people with criminal records in the United States affecting their ability to secure housing, secure employment, etc. University of Chicago sociologist Reuben Jonathan Miller has personal experiences with his brother being in the carceral system and is currently researching how these laws impact those with criminal records. Miller states: "I want us to think about all these traps that we've created, we've produced, and I want us to unmake them."
'Halfway Home' Makes Case That The Formerly Incarcerated Are Never Truly Free. Reuben Jonathan Miller recently released his book 'Halfway Home: Race, Punishment, and the Afterlife of Mass Incarceration.' According to Miller "...the problem of mass incarceration is really a problem of citizenship. This is because citizenship isn't just about whether or not someone has a set of legal rights. Citizenship is something each of us practices in everyday life. It is made through everyday exchanges and people at every level, because citizenship is about belonging." Those with criminal records become uniquely disenfranchised after leaving prison making it difficult for them to thrive and move on with their lives.