A Q&A about modern Black activism ft. Pierce Cruz
On Nov. 2, 2018, Pierce Cruz debuted six pieces at the Stony Island Arts Bank in their "ICONIC: Black Panther Exhibit" commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party. After Cruz made this feat, Javanna invited him as a guest on Rwebel Radio.
In the 50-minute interview, Javanna and Cruz talked Black activism, art, and social consciousness. To hear Javanna's analysis on the interview and the exhibit, listen to Episode 1 of Rwebel Radio. Below is an excerpted transcript.
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A stock image of police officers. On their website, the Action Center for Race and the Economy wrote: "Chicago has borrowed $709M to pay for settlements including Chicago Police misconduct cases since 2010. This will cost taxpayers more than $1 billion in interest. Read their report at https://www.acrecampaigns.org/pbb." (Anthony Franklin / PEXELS)
Police brutality is costly, but not just in the way you would think. While much discourse about police reform focuses on the emotional burden of police brutality, a major enabler of this violence is seldom explored: money.
Many people do not realize how much money goes into funding police-related settlements, and this creates an "information gap," said Carrie Sloan, a research director at the Action Center for Race and the Economy. This is a gap she said ACRE seeks to close.
According to data provided by ACRE research analyst Alyxandra Goodwin, Chicago had spent around $413 Million covering police-related settlements from 2011-2017, averaging out to approximately $59 Million a year.
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