LIVED AND REMEMBERED EXPERIENCES: POLICING TO IMPROVE RELATIONS WITH COMMUNITIES OF COLOR
Elow, Christine A.
Halladay, Carolyn C.
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Critical race theory (CRT) contends that U.S. structures and institutions have created a society in which White superiority and Black subjugation are widespread. Law enforcement—far from supporting justice—has been a primary source of oppression and marginalization of Black people. Drawing on CRT, this thesis examines the U.S. history of policing and its role in enforcing racism through policing practices. A CRT lens shows how the racialized policing of the past persists in contemporary policing. This perspective suggests that Black individuals experience trauma through encounters with the police, and the history and contemporary reality of racialized policing erode trust between the police and Black people. This thesis argues that if police officers were trained to understand the history of racialized policing and the brutality it has waged against Blacks—and the ways current policing implicitly mimic the explicit racist practices of the past—then policing could change for the better. Following the recommendations of the 21st Century Policing report, this thesis suggests that police officers need to develop “critical empathy,” an educated, empathic awareness of the history of racialized policing and the trauma it produces, if police are to become guardians of individuals and communities of color.
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