January 26, 2021

Gateway Racism

Maria and Julio are joined by Akela Lacy, who is a politics reporter at The Intercept and returning ITT guest Mike German, who is a fellow with the Brennan Center for Justice’s Liberty and National Security Program and author of the book, "Disrupt, Discredit, and Divide: How the New FBI Damages Democracy." They talk about how white supremacy manifests in this country's law enforcement and government institutions. In unpacking the attack at the Capitol, they discuss the way anti-protest and counter-terrorism laws do not address violence from far-right extremist groups, and instead are used to criminalize Black and brown communities. 


ITT Staff Picks: 

  • Akela Lacy and Alleen Brown report on how state legislatures are making an "unprecedented" push to pass anti-protest legislation in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack via The Intercept.
  • In this report for the Brennan Center, Mike German writes about white supremacy and far-right extremism in law enforcement and the government's insufficient response. 
  • In this article for The Marshall Project, Eli Hager dives into three historical examples of "white violence leading to disproportionate punishment for people of color."


Photo credit: AP Photo/Noah Berger, file

 

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