In a double-length lead article of the July issue of Race & Class, IRR director Liz Fekete warns of a deepening ‘culture of extremism’ amongst police officers across Europe, highlighting numerous cases of racist and misogynistic attitudes and far right entryism amongst police officers.
In Racism, Radicalisation and Europe’s ‘Thin Blue Line’, Fekete suggests that racism has become entrenched in policing, as rank-and-file officers organise on an increasingly extremist agenda. Sharing parallels with the ‘Blue Lives Matter’ movement in the United States, she shows how police trade unions and bodies are ‘aggressively intervening in the public space to defend the use of lethal weaponry, dangerous restraint techniques and racial profiling on the streets’, whilst portraying police as victims, which she argues insulates them from criticism and calls for more accountability, whilst undermining notions of ‘policing by consent’.
- Racism, radicalisation and Europe’s ‘Thin Blue Line’ by Liz Fekete
- Moralising racial regimes: surveillance and control after Singapore’s ‘Little India riots’ by Joe Greener
- Torrens Title: property, race and (infra)structures of feeling in the settler colony by Andrew Brooks and Astrid Lorange
- Revisiting ‘resilience’ in light of racism, ‘othering’ and resistance by Wendy Sims-Schouten and Patricia Gilbert