Just as the history of the Maroons in Jamaica demonstrate, the black freedom struggle can ill afford any more accommodation or compromise now any more than it did two centuries ago. Marronage is freedom, but only if we collectively understand its limits. Otherwise it is mired in class collaborationist politics which may profess a desire for black freedom, but in reality hamper it at every turn.
The cravenly undemocratic ethos of the Republican Party is reaching new heights in their desperation to retain power at any cost. Theirs are not the actions of a government responsible to the people, but those of a cabal of self-interested elites.
By examining the rise of university police departments at State University of New York at Albany, the first SUNY school to arm their campus police officers, this article provides a historical perspective to better understand contemporary instances of racialized policing behind university gates.