Baltimore and Institutionalized Violence

Mandatory reading.

Jason Weixelbaum Publications and Research

Storm clouds over Baltimore around 6:30pm Monday, April 27 2015. Storm clouds over Baltimore around 6:30pm Monday, April 27 2015. Flames and broken glass intentionally left out.

Baltimore is in the thoughts of many people all over the world today. Last night’s violence is now another page in the annals of the often tragic relationship between black people and the police in the United States.

I am a historian of institutionalized violence and I live in Baltimore. It is impossible for me to stand aside and not reflect on recent events. Indeed, if there were ever important roles for a historian to play in troubled times – reflection is probably chief among of them. I study many things: science & technology, economic and political history, the history of war and genocide in Nazi Germany, and many other related subjects. Even though it is not my area of specialization, when you pursue multiple advanced degrees in US history, a considerable amount…

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