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Photography by Joshua Kissi


Violence in American policing was rooted in capitalism and the fear that enslaved people would reclaim their freedom.

How could George Floyd, unarmed and unresisting, be brutalized by Derek Chauvin on camera for 8 minutes, 46 seconds until he died?

Throughout US history a pattern has emerged: when Black Americans move one step closer to equality, new laws and violence are dispensed to maintain white dominance. Fear, propaganda, social contracts, politicians, and shield laws still make this possible.

Let’s investigate policing’s violent origins and learn how that legacy still flows through the system today. If you are already familiar with this chapter of American history, consider sharing with a friend who is beginning their journey and meet us in The People in Power lesson.