Section Information for Fall 2017
The policing of black bodies has shaped America. Since the nation’s inception to the twenty-first century, black bodies have been racialized, criminalized, and policed. Drawing on interdisciplinary approaches, students will explore historical and contemporary forms of criminalization, policing, and racial terrorizing of black bodies. The readings and discussions will examine how memory, performance, and the portrayal of racialized policing have changed over time. We will also critically explore the black tradition of self-defense against racial violence, including race riots, the anti-lynching movement, and Black Lives Matter activism.
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