Abolition for the People

The Feds Are Watching: A History of Resisting Anti-Black Surveillance

More than a century of countersurveillance methods emphasizes the importance of abolition

The Negro Motorist Green-Book, 1940. Image: New York Public Library

The Negro Motorist Green Book, and others like it, charted automobile routes so that Black travelers could navigate roadways and secure accommodation within the system of segregation, sundown towns, and service stations that refused their patronage.

CB radios on sale, 1977. Photo: Fairfax Media Archives/Getty Images

Simone Browne is a professor and author of the book Dark Matters: On the Surveillance of Blackness.