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Barred Objects (o): Police Brutality, Black Fetishes, and Perverse Demonstrations

Barred Objects (o): Police Brutality, Black Fetishes, and Perverse Demonstrations Calvin Warren Barred Objects (o) Police Brutality, Black Fetishes, and Perverse Demonstrations It is axiomatic that police brutality is an illegitimate exercise of power which society gives to police. As such, it is a perversion of the rule of law. —Alexa P. Freeman It is the sheer jouissance that comes from separating the other from the unendurable limit of its being that drives [the torturer] on. —David Marriott Society is structurally perverse . . . Civilization is no doubt discontent, but also content with its discontent. —Lorenzo Chiesa i. On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis police arrested George Floyd on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill. I use the word “suspicion” because neither the status of the bill nor the intenti t on o commit fraud were confirmed. But apodictic certainty is not required to detain or deploy extreme violence against black bodies—a mere hint, a suspicion, a suggestion, a feeling is evidence enough to justify brutality. George Floyd was pinned to the ground (within seventeen minutes of a call placed by a store employee), while officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for at least nine minutes and twenty nine seconds (even aer Flo ft yd http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Comparatist University of North Carolina Press

Barred Objects (o): Police Brutality, Black Fetishes, and Perverse Demonstrations

The Comparatist , Volume 45 – Nov 11, 2021

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Abstract

Calvin Warren Barred Objects (o) Police Brutality, Black Fetishes, and Perverse Demonstrations It is axiomatic that police brutality is an illegitimate exercise of power which society gives to police. As such, it is a perversion of the rule of law. —Alexa P. Freeman It is the sheer jouissance that comes from separating the other from the unendurable limit of its being that drives [the torturer] on. —David Marriott Society is structurally perverse . . . Civilization is no doubt discontent, but also content with its discontent. —Lorenzo Chiesa i. On May 25, 2020, Minneapolis police arrested George Floyd on suspicion of using a counterfeit $20 bill. I use the word “suspicion” because neither the status of the bill nor the intenti t on o commit fraud were confirmed. But apodictic certainty is not required to detain or deploy extreme violence against black bodies—a mere hint, a suspicion, a suggestion, a feeling is evidence enough to justify brutality. George Floyd was pinned to the ground (within seventeen minutes of a call placed by a store employee), while officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for at least nine minutes and twenty nine seconds (even aer Flo ft yd

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The ComparatistUniversity of North Carolina Press

Published: Nov 11, 2021

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