Democracy and Empire | Policing the black body in post-colonial Jamaica

Lisa Willians Goodrich


This essay explores the status of democracy in Jamaica from a human rights perspective particularly as it relates to the control and the abuse the body of the black lower class subject by the local police. This paper argues that the body and the pain inflicted on it are central to the strategies of punishment inherited from colonialism, which are still employed today by the State to keep the often criminalized lower classes in check. Consequently, the study contemplates the limitations of using the term democracy in the common electoral sense, to gauge the degree of democracy in the post-slavery, post-colonial reality of Jamaica, and to a lesser extent, Brazil. This essays also examines the historical factors which have led to racial profiling in policing and shows that the black subjects’ position in present day Jamaica has not evolved much since the slavery era.

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