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Policing is the glue of whiteness

Despite the propaganda that treats police as heroes, actual policework is often neither clean nor heroic.

Howard Bryant | 9/1/2020
Vintage illustration features pro-police sentiments with vignettes showing police officers arresting a burglar, chasing a runaway horse, breaking up a riot, taking charge of vagrant children, and retrieving a body from the river.

Propaganda that portrays police as heroes is nothing new: This illustration is from the nineteenth century. (© Keith Lance/Getty Images)