Is it the Cops or the Cameras?

Putting Police Brutality in Historical Context

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From Slave Patrol to Ghetto Patrol

These men (and not a few women) are direct descendants of a “subgroup” of white people who have historically exercised inordinate power over most so-called “minorities,” but especially over black people. These are the descendants of the original slave patrollers, those dirt poor white farmers and unskilled laborers who could never afford their own slaves, but eagerly served as overseers, drivers, disciplinarians, bounty hunters — enforcers of the Slave Codes as promulgated by the richer white slave holding elite, whom they looked up to and upon as kindred, even if more fortunate, souls.

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