Stop Killing Black People. Tamika Butler Talks Safe and Equitable Public Spaces in California

Tamika Butler ('09), Principal at Tamika L. Butler Consulting, has tackled issues of equity and inclusion for municipalities around California. Tamika was featured in an L.A. Times article that discussed re-envisioning public space as safe and equitable for all ("Nine Ideas for Making Our City's Public Space More Race Equitable," June 18). "Stop killing Black people. If we're going to talk about how we are going to change public space, it's stop killing Black people and stop criminalizing us. … The color of my skin scares people. And if Black scares you, it doesn't matter what an architect or an urban planner does to design the city. If that officer has his foot on George Floyd's neck, it doesn't matter if there is a bike lane."