Professor Katheryn Russell-Brown Discusses Black Protectionism

Published: March 3rd, 2008

Category: News Briefs

Katheryn Russell-BrownUF Law Professor Katheryn Russell-Brown (pictured left), director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, spoke to an audience of UF law students Thursday, Feb. 28, on the issue of racial protectionism. At the event, sponsored by the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy (ACS), Law School Democrats, and Lexis-Nexis, Russell-Brown spoke on her book, Protecting Our Own, and explained why racial protectionism, particularly black protectionism, exists, touching on such high-profile cases as O.J Simpson, Michael Vick, Michael Jackson, and Rodney King. Why the need for protectionism, even when certain high profile African-Americans choose not to identify themselves with the African-American community? Russell-Brown says, “Protectionism is not a black thing, it exists in other racial groups and in exclusive professions.” Afterwards, Marie Triche, the student who organized the event, said, “I was excited to see the support from students who came out to hear Dr. Russell-Brown speak on her book. This event was controversial, yet insightful.”