Shared Ownership of Policing

Moving Past Ferguson, Any Hope For Solutions? Nope, Not A Chance

Without a doubt, the most common question that I’m asked by students, academic colleagues, panel and workshop facilitators, friends, and just everyday folks that I come into contact with as a criminal justice scholar, all center on the following topic: is there any hope of bridging the gap and rebuilding the relationship between black communities and police agencies after Ferguson? Although disturbing to many my response is always the same, “nope, not a chance” because our country has never sought redemption from its original sins of genocide, enslavement, and the African holocaust. I tell them that “Ferguson” is just a by-product of a 395 year social experiment on the black American experience, which started with the creation of modern American policing: slave patrols.