“Despite the routine racial violence of police, courts, and prisons, state violence against black bodies is condemned only in terms of its traceability to white minds—white fear, white implicit bias, white lack of empathy. Translating black pain into white affective failure invites reforms to ‘humanize’ the criminal justice system with more community policing, more empathy training, more diverse personnel. These reforms reconsolidate carceral power, institutionalizing white privilege that masquerades as white compassion.”
– Naomi Murakawa
In conjunction with Cameron Rowland’s exhibition 91020000, Artists Space presents a talk by Naomi Murakawa, Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies at Princeton University. Murakawa is the author of The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America.
Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7pm
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More information about the talk: http://artistsspace.org/programs/naomi-murakawa
News and information about the 91020000 exhibit by Cameron Rowland:
91020000 is the customer number assigned to Artists Space upon registering with Corcraft; the market name for the New York State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, Division of Industries. Corcraft’s mission is: “to employ inmates in real work situations producing quality goods and services at competitive prices, delivered on time as required by the State of New York and its subsidiaries at no cost to the taxpayer.”²⁸ By law, Corcraft can only sell to government agencies (including other states) at the state and local levels, schools and universities, courts and police departments, and certain nonprofit organizations.
“The Department of Corrections shall require of every able-bodied prisoner imprisoned in any state prison as many hours of faithful labor in each day and every day during his or her term of imprisonment as shall be prescribed by the rules and regulations of the Director of Corrections.”