Professor Brown discusses violence prevention and gangs on OPB
June 08, 2011
Andrae Brown, assistant professor of counseling psychology, recently weighed in on gang violence in Portland on the OPB radio show Think Out Loud.
Brown urged listeners to think carefully about how violence perpetrated by gang-associated people is often not gang-related, it’s often about interpersonal issues. The quick leap to judgement in categorizing violence such as this as “gang violence” often reinforces cultural and racial stereotypes that are harmful to communities. Brown has worked extensively with community organizations on violence prevention efforts, especially with men and boys.