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Year of the Racist
The Public (2015)
  • Michael I Niman, Ph.D., Buffalo State College
The cellphone-video-to-YouTube upload pipeline has given image to a systemic institutional racist violence legacy that American media has chosen to ignore since its inception. Thanks to these images the nation is finally talking about what previously was primarily discussed only in sociology courses and amongst communities of victims—the racist reality of policing in America. These images also provided for a clear and simple primer to help understand another formerly taboo concept—the role of the criminal justice system in legitimizing and protecting racist police violence. On one hand, 2014 went down in history as the year we as a society finally began to acknowledge and address our deep-seated racism. This discussion, however, has also brought the racists out of the closet, giving us a really ugly start to 2015
  • Racism,
  • Police Violence
Publication Date
January 7, 2015
Citation Information
Michael I Niman. "Year of the Racist" The Public (2015)
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