Interesting article by Donna Murch ’91.

Built on recent centuries’ long substructure of white supremacy, but nurtured in an era of neoliberal retreat and technological advance, this massive state-building project, known alternately as mass incarceration, the new Jim Crow, the prison-industrial complex, or more simply, according to former New York Times journalist Chris Hedges, “the world’s most advanced police state,” has become a defining feature of our times. It is impossible to understand the enormity of the reaction to Michael Brown’s murder without recognizing the daunting shadow cast by state repression in the fifty-year aftermath of the modern Civil Rights Movement.

Powerful stuff. Read the whole thing.

At the same time, it is tough to take Murch too seriously when she uses this sort of rhetoric:

Police left Michael Brown’s body in the street for nearly five hours, immersed in his own blood.

Police shouldn’t have treated the scene like that of any other homicide investigation in the Western world? What gibberish! If the Williamstown police shot a white student, I would want a thorough investigation, one that inevitably begins by not touching anything until forensic professionals have completed all their CSI duties. If that takes 4 hours, then so be it. Does Murch have any reason to believe that the crime scene work was purposefully shoddy or slow?

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