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Too Black for the Blues …Too Blue for the Blacks

An Exploration of Black Police Officers in the Era of Black Lives Matter

Since the 2014 deaths of unarmed Black citizens – Eric Garner and Michael Brown – due to police brutality, policymakers, police administrators, and various community stakeholders have attempted to provide solutions to the issue of racialized police violence. Prevailing perspectives have often called on racial diversity in the police force as a means to decrease racialized police violence and increase police legitimacy in communities of color. Dr. Preito-Hodge, however, challenges these racial diversity claims. In “Too Much Black for the Blues… Too Blue for the Blacks,” Dr. Preito-Hodge analyzes Black Police Officers in a Northeastern Police Department. She also introduces her original theoretical framework, The Black and Blue Typology (BBT), which accounts for officers’ role orientations as well as situational and contextual factors that may influence Black officer representation in Black communities.

Dr. Kayla Preito-Hodge is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice at Rutgers University-Camden. Her research explores the intersections of race, policing, and the larger criminal justice system.

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