CFP for “On the Ground” series

blmFieldnotes on Black Lives Matter and Racialized Police Violence

In the past year and a half, protests and acts of resistance against anti-Black racism and police violence have erupted across the U.S. and the globe. Gathered under the umbrella of Black Lives Matter, this movement has taken place in the streets, courthouses, university campuses, malls, and outside police departments. Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, the founders of Black Lives Matter (the organization and the popular hashtag), describe it as an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black folks’ contributions to this society; our
humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression.

This year, the American Anthropological Association established a Working Group on Racialized Police Brutality and Extrajudicial Violence. The Working Group was created in response to AAA members requests at the AAA 2014 meeting that the organization and the
discipline make efforts to track racialized police brutality, and develop resources that will assist in reducing this violence that disproportionately affects Black communities. As part of its charge, the Working Group will establish a database of anthropologists and
researchers that have research and/or practical expertise in this area, and can provide insights useful for public conversations about these issues.

Subsequently, the Working Group is issuing this Call for Papers in order to collect fieldnotes from researchers, activists, and organizers that can provide anthropological insight into these issues. On the Ground? is a series of short essays that will offer an
ethnographic lens on activities and efforts connected to Black Lives Matter and racialized police violence taking place in multiple communities and cities. With a maximum of 1,000 words, these snapshots should provide a unique perspective on the current movement against anti-Black racism and state-sanctioned violence. Essays will be published in locations appropriate for the specific essay’s topic, including the AAA website (Anthropology News), the AAA blog, Savage Minds blog, and The Feminist Wire.

To apply for inclusion in this series, please send a 1,000 word submission, an accompanying image (a JPEG of the author and/or fieldsite), and a 100 word biography, to co-editors Dana-Ain Davis ([email protected]) and Bianca C. Williams
([email protected]) between July 15 and August 15. Essays will be accepted on a rolling basis, and published accordingly.

About k. nyerere ture 7 Articles
K. Nyerere Ture` is a practicing cultural anthropologist/criminologist and an educator, who teaches Anthropology, Criminology/Criminal Justice and Sociology at Morgan State University, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Ture` earned a BA in African/African American Studies and Criminal Justice at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey and a MA in Applied Anthropology at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at American University in Washington, DC. Building on his undergraduate and master level graduate research focus that explored the relationship between community crime and urban development, Ture's current dissertation research examines the lived experiences of African American public housing residents in the throws of an urban renewal that examples the continued perpetuation of structural violence against marginal communities of color. The particular site of Ture’s doctoral research (research completed in spring 2013) is one of the most historical African American neighborhoods within Washington, DC and the largest and currently the most ill-reputed public housing community in the nation’s capitol. This public housing community is called Barry Farm Public Dwellings by city officials and outsiders, but referred locally as the “Farms.” The Farms is located east of the Anacostia River (EoR) - a river that forms an expansive separation between the majority African American community from the District of Columbia’s main land. The Farms' represents an intentional place built by the federal government as an antithetical place - an African American Urban Ghetto (AAUG) and its current redevelopment represents a re-articulation of both place and identity whereby the privilege enjoys an underemphasis on race and an emphasis on disposable income vis-a-vis the increased emphasis and salience of race for the poor and their further assault by structural violence. The Farms' community serve as a metaphor for the continued devalued treatment of people of color in the United States of America (USA).