Racial violence the focus of philosophy lecture at RIT

The cause and aftermath of the Ferguson, Mo., protests examined

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Jose Medina

José Medina, a philosophy professor at Vanderbilt University, will talk about racial violence and epistemic death during a lecture May 4 at Rochester Institute of Technology.

“No Justice, No Peace: Racial Violence, Epistemic Death, and Insurrection” is the title of RIT’s Department of Philosophy annual lecture.

Medina said protesters against the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014 were accused of disturbing the peace. One of their slogans was, “No Justice, No Peace.”

“Peace was the harmful illusion of a privileged few, sheltered from the violence in which the black majority of Ferguson lives: systematic police brutality, extreme poverty, high unemployment, lack of representation in public institutions,” Medina said. “Denying these realities, that itself is a form of violence, epistemic violence.”

Medina’s lecture will be from 3 to 4 p.m. in Eastman Hall, room 2000. It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Evelyn Brister at elbgsl@rit.edu.