Magazine September 7, 2020, Issue

In Policing, Race Matters

Democratic House speaker Nancy Pelosi addresses reporters after the passage of police-reform legislation in the House, June 25. (Ting Shen/Xinhua via Getty Images)
Black men are the principal beneficiaries of policing; they also bear its highest costs

We can’t talk about policing in the United States without talking about race. It’s personal to me. I’m white. But I’m married to a black woman, and we’re the proud parents of a biracial son who, as he grows up and navigates American life, will face challenges that I never had in my own youth. He’s nine years old now and only barely beginning to wrestle with questions of race and identity. Yet as he matures into adulthood, he’s more likely to have encounters with police than I have been. These encounters are more likely to include some police use

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James R. CoplandMr. Copland is a senior fellow and the director of legal policy at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research. His book The Unelected: How an Unaccountable Elite Is Governing America is forthcoming in September.

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