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Police Brutality, the State and the Institutionalization of Racial Violence

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When trying to make sense of contemporary racial violence it is tempting to point to individually bad people acting in individually bad ways, however, this paper argues that racial violence relies on certain ideologies, ideologies that exist not only on an individual level but also on an institutional level. State institutions are instrumental in developing these racial ideologies, largely through defining who is perceived as a “threat” to the state. This paper explores how contemporary racial violence intersects with forms of state violence, violence that is perpetrated by our state institutions including for instance both the legal system and criminal justice system. In doing this, the paper begins with a discussion of how racism is institutionalized and elaborates on the state’s role in lynching through police complicity in lynching. Following this, using specific cases of police brutality, the paper documents how the police, as agents of the state, in some cases are actually the perpetrators of such violence. Ultimately, this paper will argue that both historical and contemporary racial violence is a central function or consequence of the state.

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Moras, Amanda. "Police Brutality, the State and the Institutionalization of Racial Violence" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton New York and Sheraton New York, New York, NY, Aug 10, 2013 <Not Available>. 2014-12-10 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p648608_index.html>

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Moras, A. , 2013-08-10 "Police Brutality, the State and the Institutionalization of Racial Violence" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association Annual Meeting, Hilton New York and Sheraton New York, New York, NY Online <PDF>. 2014-12-10 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p648608_index.html

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Abstract: When trying to make sense of contemporary racial violence it is tempting to point to individually bad people acting in individually bad ways, however, this paper argues that racial violence relies on certain ideologies, ideologies that exist not only on an individual level but also on an institutional level. State institutions are instrumental in developing these racial ideologies, largely through defining who is perceived as a “threat” to the state. This paper explores how contemporary racial violence intersects with forms of state violence, violence that is perpetrated by our state institutions including for instance both the legal system and criminal justice system. In doing this, the paper begins with a discussion of how racism is institutionalized and elaborates on the state’s role in lynching through police complicity in lynching. Following this, using specific cases of police brutality, the paper documents how the police, as agents of the state, in some cases are actually the perpetrators of such violence. Ultimately, this paper will argue that both historical and contemporary racial violence is a central function or consequence of the state.


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