Reflections on Four Months of “Debate” on Race, Policing, and the Value of Black Lives

Tulsa Star published my remarks from the City Council’s special meeting on racial and gender disparities in adult arrests. The Justice Indicators Syllabus is here.

Tulsa Star

by Contributing Writer Mana Tahaie

Author’s Note: These are my remarks from September 25th’s Tulsa City Council special meeting on racial and gender disparities in adult arrests.

Opening Statement

Good evening Councilors, Mayor Bynum, Chief Jordan, Ms. Doring, and Mr. O’Mellia. Before I begin, I want to acknowledge that we are on occupied land belonging both to the indigenous people who no longer live here due to genocide and to those who were forcibly relocated here. I recognize and pay tribute to the Osage, Chickasaw, Caddo, and Muscogee Creek peoples past and present.

When I graduated from TU, I thought I was going to leave for a more dynamic, progressive city, like most of my peers — many of them people of color, or queer, or from other marginalized identities — had also done. But somewhere along the way, I fell in love with this community. One day, I woke…

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