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Not to step on Erik’s “On Rioting” post from earlier today, and I have never just screen-grabbed and posted a Twitter thread before, but LGM readers would do well to learn from people like Josie Duffy Rice. I have nothing to add that she doesn’t say here, except that people should listen to her podcast […]
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Continuing the week-long roundtable on my book over at the African American Intellectual History Society, historian Max Felker-Kantor weighed in yesterday to highlight the things my book points out implicitly (and sometimes explicitly) about the dangers of “fixing” policing simply through a reformist lens. (Felker-Kantor is the author of the superb book Policing Los Angeles: […]
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My Life with John Prine

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On April 8, 2020
Two years ago this weekend, I was supposed to be at a conference in Sacramento. Then a few weeks before that trip was scheduled to happen, a New Yorker friend of mine texted me to say that the woman he was seeing had a connection at Radio City Music Hall and could get him tickets […]

OCCUPIED TERRITORY

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On April 6, 2020

Although I’ve been bad at promoting it, many of you will know that I published a book last year, entitled Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power. It recently c

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We live in a deeply and fundamentally racist nation. This is in evidence across a wide range of measures of inequality, from wealth to homeownership, incarceration to life expectancy. This has also long been true in the field of medicine, which has a variety of racial essentialisms baked into the cake. As Linda Villarosa wrote […]

Good on Bernie

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On March 26, 2020

While I know that disliking Bernie Sanders is somewhat of a consensus hobby horse around these parts, and while I know people are perfectly in their rights to debate whether he should or should not dr

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