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The Police Brotherhood

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On August 25, 2020
Ta-Nehisi Coates guest-edited the September issue of Vanity Fair, and assembled a truly remarkable roster of contributors. I recommend many of the essays, but want in particular (for now, at least) to lift up Eve Ewing’s essay on police unions, which continue to be a sticking point around here and elsewhere among liberals. The point […]
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Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor has an excellent essay at The New Yorker today, showing how current protests and uprisings have fewer parallels to the 1960s than they do to the 1992 Los Angeles uprising, exploring how the current climate is shaped by the politics and political logics of the 1990s, and arguing (correctly, in my opinion) that […]
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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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