"Many people are obviously aware that this nation was founded on a system of slavery, but what many people don't know is that the origins of policing in the United States can be traced to the institution of slavery."
“We treated Reagan, we treated Bush, and we treat Trump too often as if they're idiots. I have no idea whether they are or not, but I don't think that it's a good strategy to assume your opponent is an idiot.”
“We once, at least for a very brief moment, understood that the purpose of higher education was not just individual in nature but that it served a social good for us to have a broadly educated public equipped with the tools for social mobility.”
“You have to take into account the history of race and surveillance when you're talking about any new predictive policing technology...Every time we have seen an innovation of surveillance, we've turned it on communities of color and poor people first.”
“This is not just a trend but one with significant implications for how law is carried out, how law is constructed. And it's going to continue with increases of computing power and the gathering of big data.”
“Aphorisms are interesting concepts because they don't arrive via an argument. You don't get syllogistically to an aphorism. An aphorism simply, but not merely, feels true. It feels right, which I think is often how poems work as well.”