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Author: David Cunningham

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Policing the KKK Led to the Repression of Black Activists During the Civil-Rights Era

As a social scientist who researches how white supremacist groups are policed, I understand both the need to vigorously address threats of violence from racist and anti-democratic elements and the calls from some Justice Department officials to expand police powers to do so. But if history is a guide, providing police with new tools to address current white nationalist threats could result in further repression of Black activists.

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