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Institutional Racism Is a Flat Circle

Paramilitary cops, the war on drugs, and Ferguson.
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Here's Peter Moskos last year:

The present-day prevalence of paramilitary policing is inseparable from the host of changes in U.S. law that began when Richard Nixon declared war on drugs.

Here's Lisa Wade in February:

This is a long-standing, well-documented civil rights issue. The war on drugs is a war on black people.

And here's Ferguson, Missouri, yesterday:

Military-style police in overwhelming show of force: 3 APCs, ~100 officers, high-powered rifles #Fergusonpic.twitter.com/joc9ZnPuqM

— Sebastian Walker (@sebwalker) August 13, 2014

—Ryan O'Hanlon

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