A primary segment of our work is dedicated to highlighting the violences of the family policing system, and working towards abolition.
Why do we call it family policing rather than child welfare? Simple. We hope to shift the language we use to better represent the perspectives and experiences of those most impacted by the system, not just those who uphold it. This shift in language was inspired by conversations between Victoria Copeland (myself) and Brianna Harvey as we contemplated Emma Peyton Williams and Dorothy Roberts use of the term family regulation. There was a desire to add another layer to the concept of regulation, something that represented the more violent and insidious innate nature of the system.
Family policing is thus an extension of the family regulation concept, and an addition to the ideas and experiences that have been narrated by Black families throughout history.
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