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Faculty Author Series: Tanya Golash-Boza

Fri, January 12, 2024 9:25 AM

Faculty Author Series: Tanya Golash-Boza

Blond woman sitting next to a window in a blue sweater. An image of a book cover, book entitled: Before Gentrification:The Creation of DC's Racial Wealth Gap

Photos courtesy of Tanya Golash-Boza. Graphic created by Kelli Breland via Canva. 

Before Gentrification: The Creation of DC's Racial Wealth Gap

This talk will show how a century of redlining, disinvestment, and the War on Drugs wreaked devastation on Black people and paved the way for gentrification in Washington, DC. Dr. Tanya Golash-Boza tracks the cycles of state abandonment and punishment that have shaped the city, revealing how policies and policing work to displace and decimate the Black middle class. Through the stories of those who have lost their homes and livelihoods, Golash-Boza explores how DC came to be the nation’s “Murder Capital” and incarceration capital, and why it’s now a haven for wealthy White people. This troubling history makes clear that the choice to use prisons and policing to solve problems faced by Black communities in the twentieth century—instead of investing in schools, community centers, social services, health care, and violence prevention—is what made gentrification possible in the twenty-first. 

Tanya Golash-Boza is the Executive Director of the University of California Washington Center, and a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Merced.

Event Time: Noon - 1pm

Event Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Event Location: Kolligian Library Building, KL 232

Registration is encouraged as seating is limited. Light refreshments provided. 

The first 5 registrants who also attend the event will receive a free copy of the book. 

Registration is now open.