Faculty Journal — Unpacking the Tensions Between Minority Communities and Law Enforcement in the United States
In August 2016, Roosevelt House Public Policy Program solicited opinion pieces for the Minority Communities and Law Enforcement edition of the Faculty Journal to highlight scholarship that explored the tensions between communities of color and law enforcement in the United States. Nearly four years later, the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, David McAtee, and Tony McDade have become the most recent examples of persistent police brutality and violence by law enforcement officers. Coming at the heels of the pandemic-related lockdown and its disproportionate impacts on communities of color, the recent deaths have catalyzed nationwide protests to demand an end to racialized policing, and address systemic race and class inequities that have plagued American history and politics for centuries. Today, we revisit the thoughtful commentaries by Hunter faculty experts in the hopes of furthering the much-needed conversations surrounding institutional racism, poverty, mass incarceration, and police brutality that continue to disempower BIPOC communities in the nation.
The writing and opinions expressed herein are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute or Hunter College.