Enclosure movement is a term coined by journalist Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!
to describe a movement that has gained attention around the country and the world for its efforts to end the mass incarceration of black Americans.
Goodman says the movement has led to mass incarceration for poor people and has also been the source of protests, including the March on Washington for Jobs and Justice, the March for Racial Justice, and the Women’s March on Seattle.
“I think the movement is part of a larger movement, and I think it’s a symptom of a much bigger, more pervasive and more violent system that’s out there that is destroying the lives of millions of people,” Goodman told ThinkProgress.
Enclosure movements are usually a relatively small part of the overall anti-racist movement, but they’ve gained some traction in recent years.
In January, the New York City Council passed a resolution calling for a “no tolerance” for racism, including a ban on “anti-blackness” signage on public buildings.
And last week, the U.S. Senate passed a bill to crack down on anti-Black racism, with some members of the Congressional Black Caucus supporting a bill that would ban all anti-black graffiti on public sidewalks.
But anti-racism activists aren’t necessarily looking for an outright ban, and they’re trying to change the conversation around the movement.
“If you want to really get at the root of the problem, and what’s really at the heart of the movement, then you have to understand the culture of the people behind the movement,” said Eric Garner, an activist and professor at the University of Missouri who has been working on anti.
racism for more than a decade.
“They’re not really a monolithic group.
They’re not all white supremacists or white nationalists.
They’ve got all sorts of diverse ideologies.”
And while anti-race activists have found success in cities like New York and Seattle, they’ve also found success across the country, particularly in the South.
In New York, where Garner has lived since 1993, anti-racism is on the rise and Garner is often seen at anti-Racism rallies in the city.
Garner has also had success in getting anti-white activists to join anti-enclosure movements, but he’s also noticed that anti-racial groups have grown more vocal in recent weeks.
“The way they’re speaking is more aggressive, and it’s more militant.
I’m surprised at that,” Garner said.
“It’s not about anti-violence, it’s about racism.”
Garner says his group’s activism has also caught the attention of the Department of Justice.
“This has really helped us, because now they have to be more aggressive and they have more resources,” he said.
As part of its crackdown on racism, the Department has also started sending out letters to landlords in New York asking them to vacate white-only properties and ban anti-Asian graffiti.
But, as Garner said, that’s only a temporary solution.
“There’s still racism out there,” Garner added.
“The people who are protesting have the most to lose,” Garner continued. “
Ultimately, we’re fighting racism in our own communities.”
“The people who are protesting have the most to lose,” Garner continued.
“When you’ve got people like us being attacked for standing up to white supremacy, it doesn’t matter how much money you have or how much power you have.
It matters how you fight it.”
In the United States, anti.racism activism has been growing in recent decades, with many states passing laws aimed at addressing issues like police brutality and racial inequality.
Activists say that’s one reason the movement can be so difficult to gauge.
“We know that there are a lot of people who identify as racist or anti-semitic,” said John Aiken, a professor at Brandeis University and author of the forthcoming book The New American Racism: The Politics of Racism.
“But what’s more surprising is that there’s a huge disparity in the way people identify.
So we don’t know who to label as anti-Semitism, and we don-t know who is anti-immigrant or anti-‘Black Lives Matter.'”
Aiken added that it’s difficult to measure the progress of anti.racist activism in the U and around the world because of the way racism is portrayed by media, which often paints black Americans as violent and violent white people.
“A lot of the media that we see, in many cases, portrays black people as violent,” Aiken said.
Even if anti.racialism activists are successful at getting a ban in place, it will take time to reach the point where it’s no longer necessary, said Jessica Valenti, a staff attorney with the Center for Constitutional Rights.
“What I’m really concerned about is that it will become so entrenched in the culture that it just becomes a way of