On the Run with Shadaye

08 Nov, 2014

Shadaye opened our eyes to trends in policing black communities in North America, particularly in the United States. Quoting from the book “On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City” by Alice Goffman, Shadaye looked at the systemic racism in policing and the courts, making it is impossible for blacks to lead a normal life. Police use new tracking technologies to find people with outstanding warrants, arresting them for minor probation violations, missed court dates or unpaid fines.

The growth of this system over the last two decades has turned many men into “fugitives” who avoid workplaces, hospitals, funerals and other places where the police routinely show up to run the names of men who are there. Family ties become part of the “net of entrapment,” as girlfriends and mothers are pressured into informing on legally entangled sons and partners. Children are taught to run when they see police, rather than feeling safe.

We are absolutely delighted to have Shadaye back from Toronto and once again presenting her many ideas and interests at Open Door. Looking forward to her next presentation!

Video Interview: Alice Goffman – On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City

Book: On the Run: Fugitive Life in an American City

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