Yohuru Williams, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, speaks at the Murphy Institute's MLK Racial Justice Discussion event in Schulze Atrium at the School of Law in Minneapolis on April 16, 2018.

Tommie Experts: George Floyd, Racism and Protests

Tommie Experts taps into the knowledge of St. Thomas faculty and staff to help us better understand topical events, trends and the world in general.

Media outlets near and far connected with St. Thomas community members for comments on a range of topics relating to the death of George Floyd and subsequent protests.

Rachel Moran

Rachel Moran

  • School of Law Professor Mark Osler spoke with NPR and Newsweek regarding the Minneapolis police officers involved in George Floyd's death, and with WBZ NewsRadio on the history of racism in Minneapolis.
  • Moran and Osler were interviewed on Kare 11 and WCCO Radio about what it means when the Minneapolis Police Department stops negotiating with the Police Officers Federation Of Minneapolis.
  • Artika R. Tyner, School of Law professor and director of the Center on Race, Leadership and Social Justice, was the subject of a Monitor Saint Paul story.
  • Schulze School of Entrepreneurship Associate Dean Laura Dunham was quoted in Twin Cities Business magazine on business ownership as an important path to wealth creation.
  • Sociology and Criminal Justice Associate Professor and Department Chair Tanya Gladney spoke with WCCO Radio about what it would actually look like to defund the Minneapolis Police Department.
University of St. Thomas School of Law professor Mark Osler poses for a studio portrait on December 6, 2012. Osler was photographed for graduate education promotional materials.

Mark Osler

  • Moran also spoke with WCCO-TV and KSTP about the Criminal and Juvenile Defense Clinic's decision to offer free legal representation to protesters charged with gross misdemeanors, misdemeanors, petty offenses or delinquency offenses.
  • Williams also spoke with KSTP and WCCO Radio about past protests that can offer perspective on the current protests taking place across the country and world.