Policing Surplus Population: Thoughts on the Limits of Black Lives Matter. 12:00 in Fairhaven Auditorium
The problems of policing and mass incarceration are fundamental dimensions of late capitalism. Since the United States has long abandoned social democracy as a way of addressing inequality, carceral power has become necessary for capital’s system preservation. We must abolish the conditions of poverty and unemployment that contemporary policing manages.
Cedric Johnson is Professor of Black Studies and Political Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His most recent books are After Black Lives Matter: Policing and Anti-Capitalist Struggle (Verso, 2023) and The Panthers Can’t Save Us Now: Debating Left Politics and Black Lives Matter (Verso, 2022).