The summer of 2020 saw the largest anti-racist protests in British history. In order to understand how deeply entrenched racism is to British policing, we must look beyond the British mainland and into the colonial policing which shaped racial governance. It is in this context that we can better explore how policing and racism are resisted in 21st century Britain. This postcolonial lens will help analyse spontaneous resistance and organised radical campaigns which envision a world in which state punishment and violence is replaced with solidarity, care and co-operation.
Adam Elliott-Cooper is a research associate in sociology the University of Greenwich. He has previously worked as a researcher in the Department of Philosophy at UCL, as a teaching fellow in the Department of Sociology at the University of Warwick and as a research associate in the Department of Geography at King's College London.