Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code
February 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$5
Charis welcomes Dr. Ruha Benjamin, author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier, and Captivating Technology: Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life to discuss her newest book, Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code.
In Race After Technology, Benjamin argues that automation, far from being a sinister story of racist programmers scheming on the dark web, has the potential to hide, speed up, and deepen discrimination while appearing neutral and even benevolent when compared to the racism of a previous era. Presenting the concept of the “New Jim Code,” she shows how a range of discriminatory designs encode inequity by explicitly amplifying racial hierarchies; by ignoring but thereby replicating social divisions; or by aiming to fix racial bias but ultimately doing quite the opposite. Moreover, she makes a compelling case for race itself as a kind of technology, designed to stratify and sanctify social injustice in the architecture of everyday life.
This illuminating guide provides conceptual tools for decoding tech promises with sociologically informed skepticism. In doing so, it challenges us to question not only the technologies we are sold but also the ones we ourselves manufacture.
This is a Charis Circle Founding the Future of Feminism Event. The suggested donation is $5.