3 to 5pm
Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to the War on Crime
Simon Balto, Ball State University
For a century, black communities in the city of Chicago have struggled with dueling experiences of being both under-protected and over-policed by the Chicago Police Department. This paper explores the origins of those joint experiences within the contexts of the Great Migration, the brutal Red Summer riot in Chicago in 1919, and racial turmoil and contestation in the city during the 1920s. During these years, patterns of police negligence and abuse emerged that would animate the city’s black freedom struggle during the 1950s and 1960s, and that would persist past the crest of the civil rights era.
Respondents: Sam Mitrani, The College of DuPage and Lionel Kimble, Chicago State University
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