Forthcoming Book Alert: Way Down in the Hole

November 22, 2021

Way Down in the Hole: Race, Intimacy and the Reproduction of Racial Ideologies in Solitary Confinement Angela J. Hattery & Earl Smith (2022) Based on ethnographic observations and interviews with inmates, correctional officers, and civilian staff that we conducted in…


July 17, 2021

On the last day of June, 2021, Bill Cosby was released from prison after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled in his favor on a technicality in his sexual assault conviction.  They did not rule that he was not guilty of…

Why are there so few Black American players in MLB 74 years after Jackie Robinson took the field? | Opinion

April 5, 2021

The crux of the issue comes down to money and where Major League Baseball chooses to invest it. Seventy-four years ago, in 1947, the Brooklyn Dodgers signed Major League Baseball’s first African American player in the modern era: Jackie Roosevelt…

Kamala Harris, Vice President: One Hundred Years Coming

January 21, 2021

On January 20, 2021 the first WOMAN was sworn in as Vice President of the United States. It was an historic day. One I thought I would never see in my lifetime, especially after Hilliary Clinton was beaten by Donald…

Policing Black Bodies 5

September 4, 2020

Join Dr. Earl Smith, Dr. Howard Henderson, Keturah Heron, and Cherise Fanno Burdeen for the final installment of Policing Black Bodies. Thursday, September 10, 2-3:30 PM for a conversation about the history of the police, the impact of militarization, and…

Webinar: Policing Black Bodies II

July 9, 2020

Join Us July 14, 2020 4:00 pm ET for a Free Live Discussion Policing Black Bodies II: Race + Pretrial Practices Featuring Policing Black Bodies co-authors Drs. Angela Hattery and Earl Smith Panelists: Cherise Fanno Burdeen, Executive Partner, Pretrial Justice…

‘Blacks were always at the bottom’| UD sociologists publish timely book on ‘Policing Black Bodies’ in America WDEL 1150 AM 101.7FM

July 6, 2020

DJ McAneny Published Jul 1, 2020 at 3:55 pm As race and inequality take their place in the forefront of national conversation, two University of Delaware sociologists published their timely study of the nation’s policing of “Black bodies.” The choice…

Breonna Taylor: A letter from a mother to her daughter….

June 5, 2020

Dear Breonna: I am not your mother and I never can be nor would I presume to be. But, I am a mother of a daughter, her name is Emma. You and Emma were born just 36 days apart. Emma…

Black Lives Matter and #MeToo

June 5, 2020

Michael Steele, former chair of the RNC, said the other day that the arrest of the Black-Hispanic CNN reporter while he did his job covering the protests in Minneapolis was an example of what it’s like to be a Black…

White Privilege at the DMV

May 25, 2020

Scene: The State DMV Purpose: To get drivers’ licenses in the state where we had recently moved What to bring: Passport, Social Security Card, 2 pieces of mail with your current address We moved during the Covid-19 global pandemic to…

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