Mark Lewis Taylor Quotes.

1. "By 2001, United States police violence and brutality had been roundly denounced, decried, and documented by Amnesty International and others as out of compliance with international law. United"
- Mark Lewis Taylor, The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America

2. "We are trapped in the jaws of something shaking the life out of us. With these words from his historical novel, Philadelphia Fire, John Edgar Wideman conveys a sense of what it means to be caught out on stage, vulnerable at the point of having one’s life taken, shaken out, by what I have term the theatrics of state terror. Wideman’s"
- Mark Lewis Taylor, The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America

3. "Shock and awe is deployed in U.S. city streets, complete with police in full body armor, helmeted and masked, with rubber-bullets (as well as live ammunition), flash bang grenades, armored personnel carriers, drones and more. Studying over 800 SWAT team actions between 2010 and 2013, the ACLU report, The War Comes Home, details the extraordinary intensification of militarized police."
- Mark Lewis Taylor, The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America

4. "As the increase of SWAT actions over the 1980s and 1990s suggests, militarized policing is not new. It is not simply a post-9/11 phenomenon. Demonstrators in Seattle in November 1999 confronted fully-outfitted military police in that city’s streets when then unprecedented actions of protestors closed down World Trade Organization meetings of that year. In truth, writes Jeffrey St. Clair, the police have always been militarized."
- Mark Lewis Taylor, The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America

5. "Throughout U.S. history—whether it was a matter of controlling indigenous peoples across Western lands that white settlers wanted to occupy, black populations deemed unruly, or laborers not complying with the economic usurpation of a white overclass—the weaponry of military and local policing have often comingled."
- Mark Lewis Taylor, The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America

6. "The historical origins of today’s enormously expanded mass incarceration system lie in the ways U.S. state power responded to black and other dissidents in the 1960s and 1970s. The frenzy of concern with such dissidents prompted key state leaders to target entire racialized communities from which dissidents might come. To"
- Mark Lewis Taylor, The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America

7. "The power of the state emanates both from the U.S. nation and also through the relations by which it is embedded in global, transnational networks of power."
- Mark Lewis Taylor, The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America

8. "As historian Johanna Fernández writes in a study co-authored with political prisoner Abu-Jamal, The deployment of hysteria around the issue of crime and the association of crime with black rebellion helped consolidate public support for legislation designed to suppress political dissent.[18]"
- Mark Lewis Taylor, The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America

9. "Spectacular, paramilitary-style policing has grown across the 1990s and first decades of twenty-first-century America, especially evident against protestors of neoliberal globalization processes. I have already mentioned the November 1999 example, in which hundreds were arrested by helmeted, heavily armored police in Seattle, Washington, at protests against the World Trade Organization. In April 2000, 500 people were arrested (and later released) by D.C. police in a preemptive strike against peaceful demonstrators at meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Similar police tactics were in play against demonstrators at the Republican and Democratic Conventions in the year 2000. The Occupy movements across major cities in 2011 and 2012 prompted a strong alliance between corporate power and the national surveillance state, cooperating to organize military police repression of citizens exercising their freedom of expression in Occupy’s demonstrations. Mara"
- Mark Lewis Taylor, The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America

10. "According to University of California law professor Jonathan Simon, in California, for example, political prisoner George Jackson and Jackson’s story of emergence from poor black communities to violent resistance within prisons, set the terms of the state’s prison-expansion policy in the 1980s and provided an icon of the convict-as-revolutionary-terrorist that would reset the national common sense about prisons and prisoners."
- Mark Lewis Taylor, The Executed God: The Way of the Cross in Lockdown America

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