• Recall this Book 45: Laurence Ralph: Reckoning with Police Violence

    Author(s):
    Elizabeth Ferry, John Plotz, Lawrence Ralph
    Date:
    2020
    Subject(s):
    Police, Race
    Item Type:
    Podcast
    Tag(s):
    Policing
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/nznz-fy68
    Abstract:
    In the third episode of our Global Policing series, Elizabeth and John speak with anthropologist Laurence Ralph about his 2020 book The Torture Letters: Reckoning with Police Violence. The book relates the decades-long history in which hundreds of people (mostly Black men) were tortured by the Chicago Police. Fascinatingly, it is framed as a series of open letters that explore the layers of silence and complicity that enabled torture and the activist movements that have helped to uncover this history and implement forms of collective redress and repair. Elizabeth and John ask Laurence about that genre choice, and he unpacks his thinking about responsibility, witnessing, trauma and channels of activism. Arendt's "banality of evil" briefly surfaces.
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