Post-Racial Surveillance and Control, Then and Now
Contemporary debates about Stop and Frisk turn on the question of whether or not crime statistics can justify discriminatory policing in the name of public safety. Defenders of the policy believe it is not racially discriminatory to over police where the criminals are. Opponents disagree and argue that individuals cannot be criminalized because of what the data says. In this lecture, Khalil Gibran Muhammad turns to the past to expose the origins of such logic in the early Jim Crow period, especially in the urban North, revealing how little has changed in the debate in over a century.