Culture Now : Fatima Al Qadiri on #BlackLivesMatter

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Policing, incarceration and documenting of injustices across the US has become a topic discussed across all media platforms. From news channels, to TV series and films, to globally reaching podcasts. But is it enough? We can most certainly see the dialogue around #blacklivesmatter becoming a part of our daily lexicon, but can we see its affects for the better? Academics Christina Heatherton and Jordan T. Camp together with musician, producer, and artist Fatima Al Qadiri discuss the recently published new Verso edition Policing the Planet: Why the Policing Crisis Led to Black Lives Matter.

In Policing the Planet, Heatherton and Camp map the rise of broken-windows policing led to a shift in state police from providing services to improve communities and keep focusing on security and crime-prevention. Through this, the police have been endowed with the arbitrary capacity to regulate the lives of the racialised poor in both the US and increasingly in the UK. The recent examples of the police killings of people of colour in the UK, from Mark Duggan and Smiley Culture to Sarah Reed, has shown that the issues raised by the #blacklivesmatter movement are as relevant here in the UK as they are in the US.