Welcome back! This week we bring you a series of special features showcasing reflections on racial dynamics in the Twin Cities and a special feature unpacking the potential benefits and challenges of requiring police officers to carry their own misconduct insurance.

Special Features:

Wonderful/Wretched Memories of Racial Dynamics in the Twin Cities, Minnesota” by Walter R. Jacobs. In this series, social scientists with ties to the Twin Cities share their stories and reflections about experiencing race in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”

If you are a social scientist who also has ties to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul but now lives elsewhere, we’d love to include your stories as a component of this collective action. Stories from White social scientists as well as from social scientists of color are welcome, as we aspire to document the full range of experiences of the racial dynamics of the Twin Cities. Please send your reflections to Walt Jacobs at walt.jacobs@sjsu.edu.

In “How Individual Professional Liability Insurance Could Reform US Policing,” Stephen Wulff shows how police misconduct insurance would work in practice, and explains why more routinely holding individual officers financially accountable for their misconduct could reduce undue police violence.

From Our Partners:


Discrimination Affects Generations” by Kelsey Drotning.

Gender Sucks for You and Me” by Sydney Yarbrough.

Racial Disparities in Job Seeking” by Natasha Chhabra.

Council on Contemporary Families:

Uber-Rich Parents and Their Fixers May Be Just the Tip of the Iceberg. Turns Out It’s Hard for Teachers to Resist Pushy Parents” by Virginia Rutter.

Sociological Images:

Viral Votes & Activism in the New Public Sphere” by Evan Stewart and Bob Rice.

Party Affiliation in a Pandemic” by Ron Anderson.

From Our Community Pages:

The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies discusses the need to dismantle white supremacy and reexamines the play Biedermann and the Arsonists as a parable of the complacency and cowardice of the common man.

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