Robert Korstad and Adrienne Herreveld, “Want to stop violent crime and racist policing? Fight poverty first,” Raleigh News & Observer

“Recently, the City of Durham tried to take a closer look at the challenges faced by its police department by enlisting the diagnostic arm of the U.S. Department of Justice to review spikes in violent crime despite an overall decline in criminal activity[…]The DOJ report’s recommendations echo trends nationwide, but they only address symptoms of poverty. In New York, Ferguson, Baltimore, Charleston and Durham, the common element is poverty and inequality. Until we begin to fight against poverty in Durham, we continue to expose ourselves to violence and racist policing.”  Full Article.

Robert Korstad is a professor at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and in the Department of History. He is also co-chair of the Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality. Adrienne Harreveld is the program coordinator for the Network.
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