Policing in America from Slave Patrols to George Floyd

Understanding contemporary mass incarceration as one historical moment within a much longer and larger antiblack punitive tradition is critical for grasping the deep racial inequalities within the contemporary criminal 'justice' system.

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This presentation traces history of policing in America from the colonial period to the present. By emphasizing the origins and consequences of racial codes, targeted policing, and criminal justice discrimination throughout American history, this lecture presents the antiblack punitive tradition as a defining historical phenomenon.


African American Crime, Violence, Incarceration

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