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Panel looks at identity issues, Feb. 22

A panel discussion on “Injustice, Intolerance and Intersectional Identity” is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22, in 101 McCormick.

Led by Kwame Anthony Appiah, the Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy and the University Center for Human Values, the discussion will explore the roles of the media, the police and the public in normalizing violence against individuals who are at the intersection of marginal identity categories.

Appiah will be joined by Clarence Patton of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs and Rashad Robinson of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in analyzing how intersectional identity informs the management of hate crimes in America.

The discussion will draw primarily upon the unsolved murder of 19-year-old Rashawn Brazell, a black gay man from Brooklyn whose dismembered body parts were found in garbage bags throughout the borough's subways in February 2005. Desire Brazell, his mother, will make the opening remarks.

Appiah is an internationally renowned scholar of moral and political philosophy, African and African-American studies, and issues of personal and political identity, multiculturalism and nationalism. He has written numerous award-winning books, including "The Ethics of Identity" and "Color Conscious: The Political Morality of Race."

The event is sponsored by the Program in African American Studies, the Black Graduate Caucus, the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Center, the Graduate School, the Fields Center, the Black Student Union and the Queer Graduate Caucus.

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