It really should come as no surprise that allegations have come out accusing Victorian Police of racism toward African youth.
Police officers are accused of labelling young African men “monkey” and “black c..t”, taking photographs of them gathered on the streets for intelligence purposes and, in one case, taking off their uniforms to bash black men in a public park
This is just yet another example of racism within the force. In Sydney, Lebanese youth have made repeated claims about being targeted by police, all over Australia there are problems with police targeting indigenous people and the recent increase in violence toward Indian youth was repeatedly met with denials that it was racially motivated until it became bleedingly obvious.
The police force reflects the dominant ideas of our rulers and in Australia, this means racism. Simon Overland denies that this has anything to do with the police force, just that there are about as many racist cops as there are racists in the rest of society.
But I would argue that racism within the police is systemic and driven from the top echelons of the force hell bent on maintaining the status quot and sewing division in society.
The fact that an Indigenous person is numerous times more likely to be incarcerated than a white person makes it so general that it cannot be said to just be confined to a couple of ‘bad eggs.’ The fact that there has been case after case of black deaths in custody, and yet not one had been convicted of anything points to the problems constantly being covered up.
Add to this reports of non-white officers being abused and hounded out of the force, you wonder how any non-white person could remain a cop at all.
The police are there to protect the state and their ideas. They can try to cover it up with propaganda about serving the community but most crime goes unsolved and people’s perception of crime is far higher than what actually occurs.
From The Age:
”Many community policing activities assume that the problem is young people ‘misunderstanding’ police. We have found that, on the contrary, young people are very familiar with what the police do, and they’re not happy with it. These programs simply do not address the real issues,” it said.