A Report from Occupied Territory

Racial discrimination was a huge problem in American society back in the days. The whole country was segregated basically in everything between African Americans and White Americans. The schools, public bathroom, and many more things were separated between White American and African American. Also, at the time the White Americans were superior to the African Americans. Meaning the White Americans ruled over America and had all the power in their hands. Prime example would be the Harlem Six. They were charged with a murder and basically couldn’t do anything about it and faced jail time just because they were dark skin. There was many other cases where White Americans showed their superiority(hate) over the African Americans.

Some questions for fieldworkers to ask to uncover for information are

How often do you go outside?

What kind of people are being arrested? Are they educated or not?

How often do you see police beating up a person on the streets?

Have you had any interactions with the police?

If you have any problems are you willing go to police for help?

To get an insider perspective, a fieldworker should have an informant in the police department and live in the community where the issue is. Having an informant will lead you to get information such what are they thinking and why are they taking the actions they are taking. This can be very risky because you never know what they will due to the informant if they even suspect him/her. Also, living in a neighborhood like that will give you firsthand experience. You will get to see what happening for yourself.

Comments ( 2 )

  1. Milton Isaiah Rivera
    The last question you asked (if you have any problems are you willing to go to the police for help) really stuck out to me, it feels ironic in a sense. It reminded me of the book Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury in it he talks about how firefighters are people who burn books (a form of censorship), and keep people ignorant: the more ignorant, the easier to control. So, by making the police a threatening presence they are actually more like these dystopian firefighters, trying to suppress blacks rather than protect them.
  2. Christiane C. Campbell
    Your suggested question "If you have any problems are you willing go to police for help?" resonates with me because it is reminiscent of how some black people today are reluctant to approach police officers for help because they have heard and/or seen officers worsen the situation when they were called to make it better.

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