SPEAKER Tanya Katerí Hernández Archibald R. Murray Professor of Law, Fordham Law School
The first comprehensive book about anti-Black bias in the Latino community, Racial Innocence unpacks the misconception that Latinos are “exempt” from racism due to their ethnicity and multicultural background and demonstrates that it’s possible for a historically marginalized group to experience discrimination and also be discriminatory. As Latinos are the second-largest ethnic group in the United States, this revelation is critical to dismantling systemic racism. Basing her work on interviews, discrimination case files, and civil rights law, Professor Hernández reveals Latino anti-Black bias in the workplace, the housing market, schools, places of recreation, the criminal justice system, and Latino families.
Through exploring the interwoven fabric of discrimination and examining the cause of these issues, we can begin to move toward a more egalitarian society.