“What Will It Take to End the Policing Crisis? Against the Technological Fix,” a talk by Cedric Johnson, author of author of Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics

 

Honors Program Director Jeremy Cohan sent along a link to a video of “What Will It Take to End the Policing Crisis? Against the Technological Fix,” a talk given last November at ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California by Cedric Johnson, associate professor of African American Studies and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and author of the book Revolutionaries to Race Leaders: Black Power and the Making of African American Politics (University of Minnesota Press, 2007).

Here’s description of Johnson’s talk from YouTube:

The last five years of popular protests have advanced numerous solutions to the intertwined problems of over-policing and mass incarceration, from mandatory body cameras and civilian oversight boards to ‘e-carceration’ or the increased use of home detention. Drawn from Dr. Cedric Johnson’s upcoming book, tentatively titled, “Policing and the Class Struggle,” this lecture critiques the view that the policing crisis and broader problem of mass incarceration can be resolved exclusively through technical solutions. Instead, Johnson argues that such technological remedies sidestep the crux of the matter—the class relations that contemporary policing was designed to manage.

You can view the video above, on on YouTube at this link.

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