Black Lives and Institutional Violence

Black Lives and Institutional Violence

I argue that many local police departments have a culture of violence that perpetuates violence against people of color. The most obvious is the city of Ferguson, Missouri where the U.S. Justice Department investigated and uncovered a host of municipally-endorsed practices designed to fleece Ferguson’s mostly black populace in the city’s revenue-generating campaign. The acceptance of this police culture by the majority culture is what perpetuates violence against black lives.

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