Social Work, White Supremacy, and Racial Justice: Reckoning with our History, Interrogating our Present, Re-imagining our Future

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“Social Work, White Supremacy, and Racial Justice: Reckoning with our History, Interrogating our Present, Re-imagining our Future” is a four-part symposium that emerged after the murder of Mr. George Floyd, along with the murders of Breonna Taylor, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, Botham Jean, Atatiana Jefferson, and so many others who died at the hands of law enforcement just this year. In the aftermath of these murders, social work began to emerge as a key talking point in policies related to defunding the police. A central question quickly emerged in public discourse: is social work really situated to be an alternative to policing? How can we be an alternative to the police if we haven’t reckoned with our own racist past? As social work educators and practitioners, we felt that these critical questions needed to be addressed by social workers; in particular, by taking stock of where we have come from, examining our present, and then envisioning our future. Social work in the service of anti-racism cannot be stagnant; and in this series, we call for critical consideration of the knowledge and practices that drive our profession.

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