Former Cop Blows the Whistle on Institutional Racism

Richard Stanley

I put this under Culture because law enforcement, and other institutions form part of Culture writ large.

The below TYT interview is with a former white Baltimore police officer, Michael Wood, who discusses the institutional racism built into the police departments across the USA, not just Baltimore. He started to realize that something was wrong when he noticed that arrested youths were not able to gain legal employment, and thus enter a vicious cycle of crime and punishment. And that this is not likely to happen in better neighborhoods. He figures that most other officers, including black ones, accepted the policing policies without much thought, as was his own case.