We will be at Harold Washington Library with Simon Balto as he presents his book Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power.
About Simon Balto:
Simon Balto is assistant professor of history and African American studies at the University of Iowa.
About Occupied Territory:
In July 1919, an explosive race riot forever changed Chicago. For years, black southerners had been leaving the South as part of the Great Migration. Their arrival in Chicago drew the ire and scorn of many local whites, including members of the city’s political leadership and police department, who generally sympathized with white Chicagoans and viewed black migrants as a problem population. During Chicago’s Red Summer riot, patterns of extraordinary brutality, negligence, and discriminatory policing emerged to shocking effect. Those patterns shifted in subsequent decades, but the overall realities of a racially discriminatory police system persisted.