Yves here. It is noteworthy that some of the findings on police violence in the US don’t hew to popular perceptions, particularly regarding the Deep South. That particular discussion below ties in with an important post we also feature in Links today (hat tip UserFriendly), When Did Democrats Lose the South?
By Rajiv Sethi, Professor of Economics, Barnard College, Columbia University, & External Professor, Santa Fe Institute. Originally published at his website
On Wednesday, October 30 there was an extraordinary conference at the Schomburg Center, marking the 75th anniversary of Gunnar Myrdal’s American Dilemma. The conference was conceived and organized by Alondra Nelson and Dan O’Flaherty, and video of the entire event is available in two parts here (click on the landing page to see a menu). A companion digital platformbrings to a much wider audience research memoranda written by the many exceptional scholars who worked alongside Myrdal, but who remain largely “hidden figures” to this day. Speakers at the conference were limited to ten minutes. My own remarks were based on Chapter 8 of my recent book with Dan, which draws on material from the Schomburg archives. The text is reproduced below with a few minor edits and links added (the full session is in the Part 2 recordingstarting at around 2:50:00):
I’m so immensely grateful to the organizers for the opportunity to speak on this occasion, with this amazing group of panelists.
I’d like to speak mostly about crime and policing, which is the topic of my recent book with Dan, and how this work