From the first Africans of Virginia to Emancipation in 1865, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, the Civil Rights Movement to today – Donya and Brian can trace the generation of inherited trauma their ancestors and their ancestral families have endured during the entirety of their existence in the United States.
Slave catchers, slave patrols, and what we think of as modern policing have contributed to that inherited and experienced trauma.
Ret. P.C. Ralph Godbee, Jr joined the show to talk about the history of policing black and brown bodies in the U.S. from the time of the slave patrols to the modern police of today.
Ralph draws upon his 25 years of active service in the Detroit Police Department, as well as his numerous connections with police associations, to discuss how black and brown bodies are policed, the trauma that influences black and brown communities in the U.S. when it comes to police interactions – and we closed the show with thoughts about how the current situation can be improved.
We couldn’t cover everything that we would have liked to in the hour – so there will be a Part 2 on Saturday, 26 June 2021 at 4pm EST on https://www.facebook.com/genealogyadventuresusa/videos.
Part of the second conversation will center on how diversity training needs to be re-imagined. This means moving away from a failed attempt at creating “colorblindness” to an understanding and appreciation of the cultural differences inherent in the numerous populations and cultures within the U.S. And how a reimagined approach to diversity training would serve modern police departments as well.