The Charles Stuart Case: White Lies and Black Lives

June 9, 2021 | 6:00 – 7:00 PM

Northeastern University’s Criminal Justice Task Force’s panel series, Confronting Racial Injustice. For more information visit here.

Charles Stuart, a white man, murdered his wife and unborn child in Boston in 1989. He lied, claiming a Black man was responsible for the murders. Believing Stuart’s lie, the police engaged in a massive manhunt that terrorized a Black community with detention, public strip-searches and ultimately the false arrests of two Black men. As some lawmakers demanded the death penalty, the media perpetuated the false narrative, by demonizing Black men and calling them “animals.” This panel focused on white supremacy as the true legacy of slavery. This culture of discrimination and degradation continues to lead to the dehumanization and devaluation of Black lives. From Emmett Till to Christian Cooper, Black lives continue to suffer due to white lies.

Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean, Boston University School of Law; Hon. Leslie Harris (ret.), Suffolk Juvenile Court; Renée Graham, Columnist, The Boston Globe; moderated by Kim McLaurin, Associate Dean, Suffolk University Law School

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