How not to think like a cop, with Naomi Murakawa
Hello from Jay’s backyard Easter egg hunt!
It’s just Andy and Tammy this week, with special guest Naomi Murakawa, a professor of African American Studies at Princeton and the author of The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America.
Naomi talks with us about her J-A roots in Oakland, how her dad’s career in the criminal-legal system got her thinking about carceral politics, why police reform has long been a trap, and the history of hate crimes legislation in the US. She shares her observations on Black Lives Matter, the emergence of abolitionist thinking, and the discourse around “anti-Asian violence.”
What can crime statistics tell us about the world? How do we stop ourselves from thinking like cops? Which groups are pushing Asian America in a more punitive direction? And how should “Asian American history 101” inform our analyses of recent violence?
“The we-ness is something we make through struggle.”
Naomi shouts out:
– Victoria Law’s new book, “Prisons Make Us Safer” and 20 Other Myths about Mass Incarceration
– Christina B. Hanhardt’s Safe Space: Gay Neighborhood History and the Politics of Violence
– Chandan Reddy’s Freedom With Violence: Race, Sexuality, and the US State
– Stuart Hall’s Policing the Crisis: Mugging, the State, and Law and Order