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The mission of policemen in America is to serve and protect but if one reviews the recent history of the police force across the country one is forced to ask who is doing the protecting Africans in America are far too often the victims of police violence and very infrequently the beneficiaries of it The police force exists as part of the distorted view of life given to us by the ruling elites At the root of this twisted unreality is a social system based on economic and racial control The police force itself is not an inherently evil thing just a tool to enforce this control Their effectiveness in maintaining this control would be far less effective if the ideologies underlying the control where not in place These ideologies are multi-faceted I will merely bring out a few here The first is the ideology of blaming the victim which is the subject of a book by the same name Blaming the victim holds quite innocuously it seems at first that people ought to be held personally responsible for their actions The logic goes if you commit a crime you ought to suffer the consequences Secondly the social order defines what crime is Most often criminal behavior has little to do with absolute standards of justice and more to do with who has the money to justify and sanitize their illegal behavior White-collar criminals engage in far more heinous behavior without getting caught than the criminals who commit muggings theft or drug sales Thirdly criminalization of certain behaviors has racial undertonesthe overwhelming public perception of crime is linked with people of color most specifically black males These all have implications for the sanctioning of violence by the police force In the first place blaming the victim allows policemen to engage in any action that escalates the level of violence if it can be demonstrated that such a use of force was necessary to subdue the
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