Monday, April 20, 2015

The police were created to control working class and poor people.

Submitted by IWB, on April 16th, 2015

A short historical account of the US police force explaining their origins in slave patrols in the South and a force to discipline the working class in the North, with the background of a spate of police killings of unarmed black men in 2014.
In most of the liberal discussions of the recent police killings of unarmed black men, there is an underlying assumption that the police are supposed to protect and serve the population. That is, after all, what they were created to do. If only the normal, decent relations between the police and the community could be re-established, this problem could be resolved. Poor people in general are more likely to be the victims of crime than anyone else, this reasoning goes, and in that way, they are in more need than anyone else of police protection. Maybe there are a few bad apples, but if only the police weren’t so racist, or didn’t carry out policies like stop-and-frisk, or weren’t so afraid of black people, or shot fewer unarmed men, they could function as a useful service that we all need.