Britain has long viewed itself as tolerant and open, but it is not, and institutional police racism continues to unsettle and challenge this interpretation. In Black Resistance to British Policing Adam Elliott-Cooper offers the first detailed account of grassroots anti-racist resistance. From 20th century liberation movements, to the 2011 riots and into present day Black Lives Matter protests, he traces how colonial legacies and modern state power are used to classify, control, exploit and perpetrate violence. Using a decade of research into activism, spontaneous rebellion and campaigning Elliott-Cooper uncovers how British racism stretches back much further than the Windrush, and beyond the shores of the mainland, to its imperial cultures and policies across the Empire. Understanding this history is vital to drawing the connections between histories of resistance and the modern black struggles against policing, and to challenging the emergent power of police, prison and surveillance systems. Black Resistance to British Policing argues that the police and prison systems are beyond reform and to imagine a world free from racism we must work towards a system free from the violence and exploitation which makes racism possible.
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