Media featuring cops has been a staple of North American film and television culture. Heck, who didn't grow up watching Law and Order on A&E? However, during the George Floyd protests, copaganda was identified as a widespread tactic of the police and media. Officers kneeling with protestors in performative displays of solidarity online. People worldwide became increasingly aware of how pieces of popular culture (*cough, police lip-sync challenges on TikTok, cough*) tried to be more sympathetic to the police without showcasing the real cost of policing to marginalized bodies. And it's not hard to see why.
For this week's episode, we have invited Reina Sultan, a Lebanese-American Muslim freelance journalist and one of the co-creators of 8 to Abolition. She is a PIC [prison-industrial complex] abolitionist and anarcha-feminist working to dismantle systems of white supremacist cisheteronormative patriarchy. Her work can also be found in VICE, WYV, Bitch Mag, ZORA, and Teen Vogue - to name a few.
In this week's episode, we discuss the following:
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