Thursday, June 22, 2017 6:00 PM – 7:45 PM
Why do American ghettos persist? Decades after Moynihan's report on the black family and the Kerner Commission's investigations of urban disorders, deeply disadvantaged black communities remain a disturbing reality. Scholars and commentators today often identify some factors, such as single motherhood, joblessness, or violent street crimes as the key to solving the problem and recommend policies accordingly. But, Tommie Shelby argues, these attempts to "fix"? ghettos or "help"? their poor inhabitants ignore fundamental questions of justice and fail to see the urban poor as moral agents responding to injustice. (From Harvard University Press Website).