Presentation: The Black Thief Stereotype

The Black Thief Stereotype:
Shopping While Black and Consumer Racial Profiling in the 21st Century
Lecture by Shawn Gabbidon, PhD

If you would like to print out an Event Poster and advertise, please do so.

WNCCEIB is proud to co-sponsor the 6 PM,  Thursday, March 27 visit to UNC-Asheville of Shaun Gabbidon, PhD.  See UNC-Asheville’s detailed News Release about his visit and bio below my signature.  Note: parking is convenient and next to Kimmel Arena.

The Center for Diversity Education is bringing him to town in response to a Mall department store’s false accusation and treatment of Cheryl Johnson, with whom WNCCEIB worked last fall.  Ms. Johnson will introduce Professor Gabbidon and has been working on the planning committee for his visit.

So come learn from a national scholar and expert about this terrible scourge on our land AND support Ms. Johnson as she stands up by making sure shoppers know their rights and employers know how to create employee protocols to prevent  “shopping while Black.”   Ms. Johnson was pleased the store apologized and made things right, but she doesn’t want it to happen to anyone, anywhere.

Criminal justice scholar and racial profiling expert Shaun Gabbidon will present The Black Thief Stereotype:  Shopping While Black and Consumer Racial Profiling in the 21st Century at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 27, in UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, Mission Health System Mountain View Room. The impetus behind Gabbidon’s lecture, according to the sponsors, is a recent false accusation of shoplifting in Asheville, as well as high profile cases alleged to have involved racial profiling in other cities. This event is free and open to the public.

Gabbidon is professor of criminal justice at Pennsylvania State University in Harrisburg, has served as a fellow at Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Institute and taught at the Center for Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania. His most recent co-authored books include Race and Crime (SAGE, 2012) and, A Theory of African American Offending: A Theory of African American Offending (Routledge, 2011). Gabbidon has received numerous awards, including the 2009 W.E.B. Dubois Award from the Western Society of Criminology and the 2011 Outstanding Mentor Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Services.

This lecture is sponsored by the Center for Diversity Education at UNC Asheville, Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce, Christians for a United Community, Asheville Branch NAACP, Asheville/Buncombe Community Relations Council, YWCA of Asheville, Asheville PARC and WNC Citizens Ending Institutional Bigotry. For more information, contact Deborah Miles, director of the Center for Diversity Education, at or 828.232.5024.


About Elizabeth Mount

Seminarian, UU, organizer, and badass. For faith, justice, and interdependent existence.
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