The US police force have been in the news a lot recently. Even those of us currently in hibernation mode, hiding from the big bad world outside, are painfully aware of the people (predominantly non-white) killed, beaten, and abused by the feds, who are repeatedly found not guilty whenever anyone manages to take a case to court. Now a UN panel has produced a report expressing “deep concern at the frequent and recurrent police shootings or fatal pursuits of unarmed black individuals.” The UN panel that produced the report periodically reviews the behaviour of those countries that ratified the Convention Against Torture. The report also slams the US for the treatment of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, and expresses concern over a series of bungled executions carried out predominantly in Arizona, Ohio, and Oklahoma, which saw prisoners subjected to excruciating pain and prolonged suffering. You can read more here. The UN report is available here.
Regular readers will know that Professor Anne Jacobson is one of the blogging team here at Feminist Philosophers, and we’re proud to announce that she is currently the Brains Blog featured scholar. For those who don’t know, Anne works in the philosophy of mind and cognitive science, as well as feminist philosophy. She is the Director of the University of Houston Center for Neuro-Engineering and Cognitive Science, Emerita Professor of Philosophy and Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Houston, as well as being a Visiting Academic at Somerville College, Oxford. Anne will be posting four pieces over at the Brains Blog. The topics will include neurophilosophy, Aquinas and Hume on mental representations, and feminist reactions to the news of our cognitive frailty. Anyone familiar with Anne’s work will know these posts will be really interesting and well worth a read – go take a look!
Striking stories of privileged race-based treatment by the police are being collected under the hashtag #CrimingWhileWhite – see some great examples here.