American Apartheid City

American Apartheid City

Pitt Law Associate Professor Jerry Dickinson argued that “Pittsburgh is America’s apartheid city” in an essay published in Februrary 2021.
The Center for Civil Rights and Racial Justice has adopted Professor Dickinson's essay title and argument as the groundwork for a series of panel discussions titled "American Apartheid City: A Series Addressing Racial Inequities and Injustices."

We are proud to collaborate with the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, the Office of Health Sciences Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, the Pitt Human Rights Working Group, PublicSource, and communities across Allegheny County in this series of timely and urgent conversations.
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The Impact of Racism on Educational Achievement, Outcomes, and Experiences | November 7, 2022

The fourth event in the American Apartheid City series focused on the impacts of racism on the educational achievements, experiences, and outcomes of BIPOC students.

Panelists included:

  • Tomar Pierson-Brown (PittLaw)
  • Elon Dancy (Director, Center for Urban Education)
  • Richard Benson (Associate Director, Center for Urban Education)
  • Tracey Reed (District 5 Board Member, Pittsburgh Public School Board)
  • Allyce Pinchback-Johnson (Black Women for a Better Education)

This event was co-sponsored by the Center for Urban Education and the Center on Race and Social Problems.

Wealth, Income Inequality, and Living Wage | May 3, 2022

Ensuring that lawmaking and policy decisions benefit all communities is one of the critical challenges of our time. Our third conversation in the American Apartheid City series delved into the fraught realm of wages, taxes, income, and wealth.

Speakers included: 

  • Anthony Infanti (Christopher C. Walthour, Sr. Professor of Law, Affiliate Faculty, Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies Program)
  • Sara Goodkind (Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Department of Sociology, and Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program)
Housing and the Right to the City | April 1, 2022

Our second American Apartheid City event focused on the documentary "PUSH" by Fredrik Gerrten. The film sheds light on a novel kind of faceless landlord, our increasingly unaffordable cities, and an escalating housing crisis that effects us all. "PUSH" follows UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing Leilani Farha as she travels the globe to understand who is being pushed out of the city and why.

Panelists included:

  • Steve Bender (Associate Dean for Planning and Strategic Initiatives and Professor of Law University of Seattle School of Law)
  • Caster Binion (Executive Director, Housing Authority City of Pittsburgh)
  • Sabina Deitrick (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs University of Pittsburgh)
  • Nthando Thandiwe (Budget and Policy Analyst, Pittsburgh Budget and Policy Center)
Speakers at inaugural event for Center
American Apartheid: A Series Addressing Racial Inequities and Injustices | February 22, 2022

The series kicked off with an inaugural lecture by Albany Law School Professor Anthony Farley who touched on current conversations about racial inequity and impacts.

Additional participants included: 

  • Jamil Bey (President & Chief Executive Officer, UrbanKind Institute)
  • William M. Carter (Co-director, Center for Civil Rights and Racial Justice)
  • Jerry Dickinson (Associate Professor of Law, University of Pittsburgh)
  • Felicity Williams (Deputy Chief of Staff, City of Pittsburgh)
  • Xan Phillips (Creative Writing Fellow, Center for African American Poetry & Poetics)
  • Clyde W. Pickett (Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Chief Diversity Officer, University of Pittsburgh)
  • Michele Reid-Vazquez (Founding Director, Center for Ethnic Studies Research, University of Pittsburgh)
  • Sheila Velez-Martinez (Co-director, Center for Civil Rights and Racial Justice)

You can view a recording of the inaugural event via YouTube.