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Post-Traumatic Nooses: Modern Eugenics and Mechanistic Media

  • Donald E. Grant Jr.
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Abstract

Post-Traumatic Nooses is an in-depth exploration into the ways in which the most prominent aspects of historically oppressive models reinvented themselves across chronosystems and generations. Comparisons between nineteenth-century programs like convict leasing and debt peonage, to twenty-first-century practices like bail/bond structures and predatory pay day loan practices show similarities demonstrative of a possible relationship. When juxtaposed to the history of litigation, psychological testing, federal and private experimentation, eugenics, mass incarceration and institutionalized racism, the maintenance of post-colonial oppression across time is illustrated. Black male vilification across media—print, theatrical, audio, video and digital—is identified and illustrated as a significantly complicit structure for oppression’s continuity against Black men and boys. A relationship is established between the aforementioned and contemporary research on employment, academic attainment, adjudication, somatic and mental illnesses, trauma exposure, substance abuse and the stories of Black men and boys across the diaspora who have died during or immediately following engagement with police, security and/or law enforcement.

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