10: Chiquitasode: “I’m Not Racist But…”

In this chiquitasode, Yvette and Cynthia interview professor Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve, who shares the research that led to the writing of her book “Crook County: Race and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court.” She reveals the coded language used in the Prosecutor’s office to justify incarcerating black & brown folks, notes that these moral narratives are systemic, and gives warm advice for young Latinas interested in academia.


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​​​​Nicole Gonzalez Van Cleve is an Assistant Professor at Temple University in the Department of Criminal Justice with courtesy appointments in the Department of Sociology and the Beasley School of Law. She is the recipient of the 2014-2015 Ford Foundation Fellowship Postdoctoral Award, the 2015 New Scholar Award (co-winner) awarded by American Society of Criminology’s Division on People of Color and Crime. She is also an affiliated scholar with the American Bar Foundation. Her award-winning book, “Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court” (Stanford University Press) was an NAACP Image Award Finalist, a two-time Prose Award Winner and a recent winner of three “Best Book” distinctions by the American Sociological Association. It has been featured on NBC News, MSNB’s The Rachel Maddow Show and CNN.


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Buy Crook County: Racism and Injustice in America’s Largest Criminal Court here. “Crook County bursts open the courthouse doors and enters the hallways, courtrooms, judges’ chambers, and attorneys’ offices to reveal a world of punishment determined by race, not offense.”


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6: Hold Complexity

In this episode, Cynthia and Yvette discuss the gentrification of Boyle Heights, the SCOTUS case that clarified whether disparate impact claims can be brought under the Fair Housing Act, and internalized racism. They applaud the tactics of Defend Boyle Heights protestors, note the varied solutions to housing inequality, and share how they cope with with the burden and weight of internalized racism.

Thanks to @romobeats for the intro tune!

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Transition song: Ryan Little – Lucy’s Song


Current Events

Learn more about Defend Boyle Heights at their facebook page and check out these relevant articles:

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We forgot to mention the new series coming September 7th on gentrification in Oakland. Peep the trailer:


Case: Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Inc.

Here’s a SCOTUS blog post about the case – Disparate-impact claims survive challenge: In Plain English

Here’s an article from The Atlantic: Supreme Court vs. Neighborhood Segregation

Here’s the link to the District Court in Northern Texas’ opinion finding that there was no prima facie case made of discrimination under the standards by SCOTUS, meaning that their case was dismissed.

Here’s a site that gives context on the Kerner Commission and the famous Kerner report that found: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal.”


Deep thoughts: Internalized Racism

Here’s an excellent read that we recommend: This One Is For The Hairy Girls by Prisca Dorcas Mojica Rodriguez


Recommendations

Yvette really enjoyed watching Girl’s Trip, starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith, Regina Hall, and Tiffany Haddish. Here’s the trailer:

Cynthia recommended listening to Latino USA’s episode: The Stolen Child since authoritarianism has been on her mind lately.

1: We Dropped the Diminutive

In the break-out episode of Cerebronas, Yvette and Cynthia discuss the recent detention of an immigration activist in LA, navigating an elite law school as Latina women, and Justice Sotomayor’s (arguably) most powerful dissent. They share their practice of self-care, shade white feminist jurisprudence, and critique the hypocrisy of conservatives’ free speech platform.

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