Resurfacing Slave Patrols Within "Modern" Police Subject Matter
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This essay compares similarities in the relationship between slave catchers and slaves, pre and post Civil War, to the relationship between modern day law enforcement and African American communities. The author argue that there is not real difference between the two structures only an evolution from one to the other. This research was conducted, specifically, in West Englewood area neighborhood, located in Chicago's Southside. The author interviewed members of the community to demonstrate the largely negative impacts and viewpoints law enforcement has essentially created via police interaction with the community. The essay expounds on some essential terms such as blackness, symbolic violence, structural violence, and systemic violence to create the link between these two surveillance. While presenting these terminologies, the author also brings to the forefront current narratives, systems, structures, ideologies, and symbols that embody them. In doing so, the essay draws connections that identify blackness with dehumanization, criminalization, and as a result, hyper policing of black communities.