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Jennifer Eberhardt speaks at Oprah Winfrey’s town hall on bias, systemic racism, and more

June 17, 2020

As part of a two-night special, Oprah Winfrey invited SPARQ Co-Director Jennifer Eberhardt to share her expertise on racial bias and policing. The OWN Spotlight: Where Do We Go From Here?, featured Winfrey in conversation with Black thought leaders, activists, and artists about systematic racism and the current state of America. Eberhardt discussed how colorblindness promotes injustice among other topics with featured guests. Guests included: politician Stacey Abrams; journalist Charles Blow; Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms; filmmaker Ava DuVernay; journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones; historian Ibram X. Kendi; actor David Oyelowo; Color of Change founder Rashad Robinson; and NAACP board member Bishop William J. Barber II. You may watch the full special, Part 1 and Part 2, on the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network Facebook page. Watch a short clip below.

Eberhardt’s research on using police body-worn camera footage to examine police-community interactions during traffic stops was also discussed on the Today Show. Her work was also featured in Popular Science and her book Biased made the New York Times’s list of 5 books to read about race and the police. She also spoke with Time about calls to defund the police and police reform.