Black, White, and Blue: Bias, Profiling, and Policing in the Age of Black Lives Matter

17 Pages Posted: 20 Nov 2018

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Bridgette Baldwin

Western New England University School of Law

Date Written: 2018

Abstract

The United States has experienced a series of murders at the hands of the police in recent years, from Michael Brown to Tamir Rice to Eric Garner. The brutalization of Black people at the hands of the police is not new, but many are being introduced to the concept of police brutality through the channels of social media. Hashtags like #BlackLivesMatter and #TakeAKnee have revolutionized the conversation about racism and policing, bringing these incidents into mainstream media and common conversation. This movement has led to a deeper discussion on the following questions: (1) Why are Black people viewed as violent by the police?; (2) Why are these murders and acts of brutality being seen so regularly?; and (3) What has the criminalization of communities of color done to damage the public's perception of Black communities? This Article attempts to answer all of these questions, coming to the conclusion that while the police brutality of Black people is not new, our understanding of why these incidents occur has developed into a deeper understanding of the institutional racism behind police brutality.

Keywords: blacklivesmatter, takeaknee, black lives matter movement, police misconduct, civil rights, racial equality, race relations, african americans, michael brown, tamir rice, eric garner, institutional racism

Suggested Citation

Baldwin, Bridgette, Black, White, and Blue: Bias, Profiling, and Policing in the Age of Black Lives Matter (2018). Western New England Law Review, Vol. 40, p. 431, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3269891

Bridgette Baldwin (Contact Author)

Western New England University School of Law ( email )

1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119
United States

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