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Black Activism and Resistance in the 21st Century

Georgia Tech resources on Black activism and social issues in the 21st century.

Brief resources on policing and mass incarceration

This video describes the historical roots of policing Black communities. 

This video describes the impact of mass incarceration and how it affects Black communities in particular. 

About 1,000 civilians are killed each year by law-enforcement officers in the United States. By one estimate, Black men are 2.5 times more likely than white men to be killed by police during their lifetime. And in another study, Black people who were fatally shot by police seemed to be twice as likely as white people to be unarmed. Lynne Peeples explores what data suggests are possible reforms to policing.

In-depth resources on policing and incarceration

The following books explore policing and mass incarceration in-depth. The short resources above this list will help you understand the complex topics included. Further resources can be found in the Georgia Tech Library catalog

Understanding Mass Incarceration offers the first comprehensive overview of the incarceration apparatus put in place by the world's largest jailer: the United States. Drawing on a growing body of academic and professional work, Understanding Mass Incarceration describes in plain English the many competing theories of criminal justice-from rehabilitation to retribution, from restorative justice to justice reinvestment.

What if social transformation and liberation isn't about waiting for someone else to come along and save us? What if ordinary people have the power to collectively free ourselves? We Do This 'Til They Free Us is a timely collection of essays and interviews in which Mariame Kaba reflects on the deep work of abolition and transformative political struggle.

The Fabrication of Social Order examines the role of policing in the fabrication of order. After an initial exploration of the original relationship between police, state power, and the question of order, Neocleous focuses on the ways in which eighteenth century liberalism refined and narrowed the concept of the of the police, a process which masked the power of captital and broader issues of social control.