The criminalisation of blackness

Dennis, Maxine (2020) The criminalisation of blackness. In: Invisible trauma: Women, difference and the criminal justice system. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 33-53. ISBN 978-1138218666

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This chapter aims to explore intergenerational and transgenerational trauma in the criminal justice system. It discusses how the negative internalisation of blackness leads to an individual feeling guilt, which can bind with a cycle of criminality and incarceration. The chapter discusses how the internalised hatred and denigration of blackness can impact BAME communities and how some of the fractures in certain aspects of the community can be replayed. If one’s blackness is one’s ruin, if one can be punished for one’s blackness, one can expedite the crime. The internal object-relating being one of guilt for their badness; this is attributed to their blackness, which has to be punished. Any system seems to privilege just one aspect of BAME people, which is their blackness/skin colour, and becomes a receptor for unwanted projections from the other.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Criminology > Criminal Justice Systems
Groups & Organisations > Racial/Cultural Groups
Race and Culture > Race- Sociology
Department/People: Adult and Forensic Services

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