The Police : “Justifiable” White Violence And The History Of The Criminalization Of Blackness

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    Sep 12, 2009
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    A long history of “legal” oppression
    Kill the savage, enslave the beast and loot the Mexican brute are notions all soaked, washed and rinsed
    in Manifest Destiny and the White Man’s burden. The Confederate flag, long a representation of
    oppression for blacks, is dry-cleaned — to continue the laundry metaphor — by Southern pride and
    tradition. Mind you, it is usually those who cling to that symbol of American division and death who
    deride the American Muslim woman for wearing a hijab — as if tradition and pride are reserved for a
    certain privileged ethnic group.

    This narrative of law enforcement’s hostility toward and over-policing of the black community is a
    dynamic that goes back further than the founding of this nation itself. As far back as 1671, South
    had put together a watch group consisting of regular constables and citizen volunteers to
    guard Charles Town against potential problems — “problems” that included slave gatherings. In the
    1700s, South Carolina established slave patrols meant to control and police slaves. By 1785, South
    Carolina had integrated the slave patrols into the Charleston Guard and Watch. Some consider this
    the first modern police department, as this force was authorized by Charleston to use force, had
    enforcement responsibilities, was the city’s primary law enforcement agency, and had an established
    chain of command.

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    “Justifiable” White Violence And The History Of The Criminalization Of Blackness

    We must, all of us, insist that one life in this country doesn’t have more value than another.