Social & Education Policy

From the Spies of Mississippi to the Eyes of the White House: Surveilling and Obstructing Antiracist Work in the U.S.

Strunk, K.; Locke, L.; Chang, J.; Clancy, P.; Drake, L.


We write this editorial at the end of the Trump presidential administration. There is much to be written about this period in U.S. government and public life. As of this writing, the current U.S. president and his lawyers continue pursuing ill-destined litigation to attempt to overturn an election result that saw him ousted from office (Landau et al., 2020). The U.S., and most of the world, remain embroiled in the worst public health crisis in over a century (Freire-Paspuel et al., 2020). The onslaught of police violence against people and communities of Color continues (Hayes et al., 2000), as do mass protest movements and efforts to redirect police funding to other services (to ‘defund the police’; Jean, 2020). Scholars have suggested that the Trump administration has been among the most openly and unapologetically anti-Black (De Genova, 2020) and anti-immigrant (Paik, 2020) administrations in modern U.S. history.