We'll Deal with it Later: African Nova Scotian Women's Perceptions and Experiences of the Police

Jessica T Bundy
2019 Canadian journal of sociology  
This case study explores the experiences of African Nova Scotian women in relation to the police. Three semi-structured interviews were conducted with Black women living in a rural Nova Scotian community with a well-documented history of confrontations between the police and the Black community. Interviews explored their experiences with the police, their community's experiences with the police, and their relationship with the police. My analysis revealed that participants did not trust the
more » ... d not trust the police, felt targeted by the police, and did not feel protected by the police. Their perceptions of the police were shaped by their own interactions with the police – often as Black mothers – and the experiences of the Black men in their lives in rural Nova Scotia. Some had engaged in active resistance and protection of their community. This article explores how anti-Blackness affects Black women directly and indirectly, contributing to the existing scholarship about over-policing of Black communities.
doi:10.29173/cjs29473 fatcat:4r4wa3lp7fgybhmkow2pwguwku