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Policing Blackness: How Intersectional Threat Shapes Black Politics
Racial threat continues to be a primary issue facing Black Americans in the United States. Specifically, the threat of police violence looms large and constant for many young Black people, especially during this COVID-19 moment. Yet, little is known about how young Black Americans' experiences with threat shape their political attitudes and responses. In this project, Jackson examines the role of racial threat in influencing young Black Americans’ political behavior via surveys, experiments, and qualitative interviews. Specifically, they are concerned with how socialization with trauma, racial violence, and other threats shapes the daily perceptions of and responses to policing in the United States including the surveillance and carceral logics which order and facilitate public spaces.

Jackson finds that young Black women are the most concerned about threats like policing when compared to other groups. Moreover, they find that mainstream media's emphasis on police killings of cisgender heterosexual Black men often shapes political attitudes about the significance and likelihood that Black women will be harmed by police. Jackson refers to this process as intersectional threat or threat that operates based on social location and orientation to power. Thus, in this talk, Jackson presents new findings and data which help to address the various ways that young Black Americans confront and navigate racial threat in today's complex political world.

Date, Time, and Duration
Thursday, Feb 18th 4-5:30pm PST

Feb 18, 2021 04:00 PM in Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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