Tag Archive: Ferguson

State Formation, Plunder and Ferguson

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The recently released Justice Department report on the Ferguson municipal government is a damning indictment of the systematic racism practiced by police officers, court officials and city administrators. Though some have deemed the… Continue reading

Point/Counterpoint: Rand Paul’s Cigarette Tax Gaffe Shows He Has a Tough Road Ahead

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky), who until Jeb Bush’s recent announcement led the pack of 2016 Republican presidential contenders, is known for being the most outspoken Republican on racial issues. Recently, he put a… Continue reading

Privilege and Outrage: Why I Care About Ferguson

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Originally posted on Leora Falk:
This is 2014. Photo: Associated Press On the one hand, this should be the shortest post ever: “Because I am human and American,  I care about human rights, our…

Institutional Dysfunction and The Wire

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(This post contains spoilers! Though really, the show is twelve years old so if you haven’t seen it by now just watch it already.) In 2002, HBO debuted The Wire, an American crime… Continue reading

My Red-Hot Race Moment (Or, “Why South Asians Must, Too, Care About Ferguson”)

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This essay is a repost from Common Grind, an amazing blog written by Anupam Chakravarty. It is presented here as a part of our series on police brutality and race. There’s an awkward… Continue reading

To Protect and Serve

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America’s first modern police forces – publicly-supported bureaucracies with officers who were employees rather than community volunteers – emerged in large cities in the decades preceding the Civil War. The leading families of… Continue reading