Panel discusses rise of vigilantism among white supremacists – University Times – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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Experts on law and white supremacy explored the U.S. judicial system’s response to recent incidents of vigilantism and protest-related violence at a virtual panel on Jan. 20.

“Vigilantism and White Supremacy: The Power of the Courts to Defend and Disrupt” was the latest in the Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion’s “This Is Not ‘Normal’: Allyship and Advocacy in the Age of COVID-19” town hall series.

Panelists included Kathleen Blee, dean of the Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, and Pitt law professors David Harris and Christian Sundquist. Tomar Pierson-Brown, Pitt School of Law’s associate dean for Equity and Inclusive Excellence, moderated the discussion.

Panelists discussed three November 2021 court decisions in the trials for organizers of the 2017 Charlottesville rally, Kyle Rittenhouse, and the three men who chased and murdered Ahmaud Arbery.

These cases have brought significant public attention to how the U.S. j

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