To Pimp a Butterfly

Hood Politics Evidence I

          Keeanga Taylor elaborates on the usage of Black elected officials by the government to hint at this “new war” that Kendrick discusses. She writes, “The utility of Black elected officials lies in their ability, as members of the community, to scold ordinary Black people in ways that white politicians could never get away with”. She uses Richard Boykin, the African-American ex-commissioner of Cook County in Chicago of Spring 2014, as an example of this distinction. Boykin pushed to classify gang members as “domestic terrorists”, which increased sentence range for crimes to twenty-to-life, because, “These dedicated groups of individuals-some black, some Hispanic- are destabilizing our community, and we must put an end to it, or else this violence will put an end to us”.

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