9th CRITICAL RACE STUDIES SYMPOSIUM - From Colorblindness to White Nationalism?: Emerging Racial Formations in the Trump EraCEN_CRS_2017_CRS_Symposium-small

MARCH 3, 2017

Symposium Videos

Welcome Remarks

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  • Cheryl Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Critical Race Studies Faculty Co-Director, UCLA School of Law
  • Noah Zatz, Professor, Critical Race Studies Faculty Co-Director, UCLA School of Law

Panel 1: Restoring the White Nation: The Racialization of Immigrants

Videos: Intro | Abrego | Achiume | Q&A

Through the manipulation of borders, physical and conceptual, current expressions of white nationalism are deeply invested in configuring the immigrant as a racial subject whose presence, whether officially sanctioned by law or not, whether formal citizen or not, poses a threat to national identity and the political order.   Thus, while domestic populations with non-European immigrant origins and transnational communities are embedded in the national fabric, they remain foreign in a racial sense to the white nation state.  This panel will explore the various dimensions of this issue by considering how the expansion of markets and political instability create conditions for displacement and dislocation, how immigration law and policy intersects with gender, and further how the racial construction of domestic immigrant communities distorts and obscures realities.
  • Leisy Abrego, Associate Professor, César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, UCLA
  • Tendayi Achiume, Assistant Professor, UCLA School of Law
  • Gary Segura, Dean, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • Moderator: Joseph Berra, Clinical and Experiential Project Director, UCLA School of Law

Panel 2: Racialized State Violence

Videos: Intro | Ocen | Bâli | Roy | Q&A

Securing the nation as a racially vulnerable white subject requires the identification and monitoring of enemies who are defined in racial terms as threats to national security at home, agents of disorder globally, and disruptions of normative gender and sexuality.  This panel will explore the continuities and distinctions between emergent and earlier forms of racialized state violence and surveillance, as legitimized and structured by law.  While the historical origins of racialized state violence run deep and long, to what extent has the Trump era intensified and created new forms and logics to justify both overt and less direct technologies of state violence and social control?  How do these systems interrelate and reinforce each other?

  • Aslı Bâli, Professor, UCLA School of Law and Director, UCLA Center for Near Eastern Studies
  • Priscilla Ocen, Associate Professor, Loyola Law School, UCLA School of Law '06
  • Ananya Roy, Professor of Urban Planning and Social Welfare and Director of The Institute on Inequality and Democracy, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • Moderator: Sherod Thaxton, Assistant Professor, UCLA School of Law

Panel 3: Racial Neo-Liberalism and White Supremacy

Videos: Intro | Harris | Razack | Speed | Q&A

Nationalism routinely is figured in opposition to globalization, and in particular to the transnational practices of neoliberal economic policies. And yet a specifically white racial character has facilitated transnational identification and collaboration among nationalisms in the US, the UK, and Russia, to name a few. Meanwhile, nationalisms long have provided a basis for the economic projects of racial capitalism, as institutionalized in part through law, and whether pursued through transnational imperialism, settler colonialism, or racial caste. This panel will explore the ongoing reconfiguration of these relations among race, nation, and political economy.

  • Cheryl Harris, Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, Critical Race Studies Faculty Co-Director, UCLA School of Law
  • Sherene Razack, Distinguished Professor and Penny Kanner Endowed Chair in Women's Studies, UCLA Department of Gender Studies
  • Shannon Speed, Associate Professor, UCLA Departments of Anthropology and Gender Studies, and Director, American Indian Studies Center
  • Moderator: Noah Zatz, Professor, Critical Race Studies Faculty Co-Director, UCLA School of Law

Panel 4: Race and Resistance: Social Movements in the Post-Trump Era

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Alongside the (re)emergence of a vocal white, masculinist nationalism, we are also witnessing the rise of widespread resistance to this articulation of the nation-state.  Social movements that emerged in the wake of the 2016 election and those that have existed prior are reassessing strategies towards, and their conception of, racial and social justice.  In this panel, we will explore the formation of new political configurations and the response of existing social movements.  Is it necessary for social movements to reimagine themselves in light of emergent threats, or does this moment simply continue long-standing power structures, racial and otherwise?  How do we conceptualize effective and inclusive resistance, with the simultaneous move towards a prioritization of intersectional analysis and the centering of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations as well as a backlash against “identity politics” and its perceived potential for divisiveness?  What is the role of lawyers and the legal community in creating social change in this environment?  What legal strategies need to be deployed considering the administration’s posturing vis-á-vis the judiciary?  And given the multiple fronts on which resistance efforts are being fought, how can social movements remain sustainable and impactful over the long-term?

  • Zakaria (Zack) Mohamed, Los Angeles Organizer, Black Alliance for Just Immigration
  • Carmina Ocampo, Staff Attorney and Immigrants’ Rights Program Strategist, Lambda Legal
  • Ameena Mirza Qazi, Executive Director, National Lawyers Guild Los Angeles
  • Ignacia Rodriguez, Immigration Policy Advocate, National Immigration Law Center, UCLA School of Law '13
  • Melanie Yazzie, Acting Assistant Professor, Gender & Sexuality Studies, UC Riverside
  • Moderator: Jasleen Kohli, Director, Critical Race Studies Program, UCLA School of Law

Closing Remarks

  • Jasleen Kohli, Director, Critical Race Studies Program, UCLA School of Law