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New report points to racism and longer confinement of African Americans in Travis County Jail

(AUSTIN, Texas) —  On the second anniversary of Sandra Bland’s death in a Waller County Jail, Austin criminal justice and immigrant rights groups and formerly incarcerated Austinites are reacting to a new report from Grassroots Leadership that shows dramatic racial disparities in the Travis County Jail.  Advocates are calling on local officials to act to reduce incarceration rates and racial disparities in the jail.   Read more about New report points to racism and longer confinement of African Americans in Travis County Jail

Race, Space & Place: How the Reinforcement of White-Normativity and The Racialized Other Impacts U.S. Immigration Perceptions, Policy and Detention

When analyzing contemporary socio-economic and political issues, it is important to address the histories that shape mainstream national ideologies. Once adopted, these histories highly influence policies relevant to the nation as a whole. Thus, within this blog series I will highlight some of the often ignored historical influences that have guided popular national perceptions of race, space and place. Read more about Race, Space & Place: How the Reinforcement of White-Normativity and The Racialized Other Impacts U.S. Immigration Perceptions, Policy and Detention

Race, Space & Place: How American slavery shapes contemporary ideologies around immigration

 

Above: Example of an 1843 slave pass for a Mr. Benjamin McDaniel

When analyzing contemporary socio-economic and political issues, it is important to address the histories that shape mainstream national ideologies.  Once adopted, these histories highly influence policies relevant to the nation as a whole. Thus, within this blog series as part of my internship with the University of Texas and Grassroots Leadership, I will highlight some of the often ignored historical influences that have guided popular national perceptions of immigration. With that, I will also analyze how these historical methods have shaped immigration policy and how they are utilized by politicians and corporations to lobby for and justify the privatization of for-profit detention facilities that house thousands of migrants today. What follows is the first part in this series. 

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