White Nationalists Pervade Law Enforcement
We can’t trust police to protect us from racist violence. They contribute to it
White nationalists pervade law enforcement. Fighting far right violence means continuing our fight for police accountability.
As mass violence continues, many of us have become rightly afraid for the people we love. We want justice, but we also want protection.
So what are the solutions we’re hearing about following this month’s violence? One idea we must reject is the idea of trusting law enforcement to protect us from white nationalist violence, given how much they contribute to it. If people in law enforcement want to be seen as experts on defeating white nationalism, shouldn’t they have to get rid of all the white nationalists in their own ranks first?
White nationalists pervade law enforcement. There is a long history of the military, police and other authorities supporting, protecting or even being members of white supremacy groups. But it’s not just history. It was revealed last week that a black man in Michigan came upon KKK materials and Confederate flags in plain view while being shown a home for sale – the home of a police officer on the force for more than 20 years who shot and killed a black man in 2009 without consequence.