Directions: Review “The Paranoid Style of American Policing” by Ta-Nehisi Coates (50 Essays, pp. 99-102, assigned reading in Week 2), and “21 Chump Street” (see the links to the broadcast from This American Life and the play by Lin-Michael Miranda on Canvas). Reflect on the role of the police in American society. Then, compare and contrast the narratives in both the Coates essay and “21 Chump Street,” and discuss whether they align with your view of law enforcement and its role in our communities.
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