When Your Neighbor Is A Stranger Video

When Your Neighbor Is A Stranger

The “When Your Neighbor Is A Stranger” video captures the community conversation that took place in October of 2013 in response to the Trayvon Martin murder and the George Zimmerman verdict.  This thoughtful conversation explores the “invisibility” of structural and institutional racism and the “visible” and very real outcomes: a prison population which is disproportionately Black and Brown and young and male (even when those groups do not commit the majority of crimes); racialized disproportionalities in health outcomes; low college graduation rates among African Americans presented as lack of personal motivation instead of increased barriers that are harder to overcome.  Our panelists – Monique L. Dixon, J.D., Director of the Criminal and Juvenile Justice Program of Open Society Institute (OSI)-Baltimore; Thomas A. LaVeist, PhD, Director, Center for Health Disparities Solutions, and Professor, Health Policy and Management, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Lisa N. Williams, PhD, Director, Office of Equity and Cultural Proficiency, Baltimore County Public Schools; and Caryn York,  Policy Associate with the Job Opportunities Task Force, an independent nonprofit whose mission is to help low-wage workers advance to high-wage jobs – tackle the tough questions while sharing the challenges and opportunities addressing racialized disparities in higher education, workforce, health, and criminal and juvenile justice and provide recommendations for action that any citizen interested in eliminating racialized barriers can take.