Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Conor Friedersdorf ― Police Brutality and 'The Role That Whiteness Plays'

(via The Atlantic):

Last week, Gawker interviewed Robin DiAngelo, a professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University. She discussed aspects of her thinking on whiteness, which are set forth at length in her book, What Does it Mean to be White? I’ve ordered the book.

Meanwhile, her remarks on police brutality piqued my interest. Some of what Professor DiAngelo said is grounded in solid empirical evidence: blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately victimized by misbehaving police officers; there are neighborhoods where police help maintain racial and class boundaries. And if our culture, which she calls “the water we swim in,” contained fewer parts racism per million, I suspect that police brutality would be less common

But a core part of her analysis is very much at odds with conclusions that I’ve drawn after years of  writing against police misconduct and pondering how to reduce it.

Read more: http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/05/police-brutality-and-the-role-that-whiteness-plays/393713/