BiographyDr. Daive Dunkley is an Assistant Professor in the Black Studies Department, University of Missouri. He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Warwick, Great Britain. He was also educated at the University of the West Indies, Jamaica. Dr. Dunkley has published several books and articles on slavery and freedom in the Americas, focusing on the Caribbean, and has published widely on the history of the Rastafari movement.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
History and Culture of the Caribbean and the wider Atlantic world
Outside of being a professor and historian, Dr. Dunkley enjoys reggae music, from attending live performances to listening casually.
Published: May 01, 2018 by Souls: A Critical Journal of Black Politics, Culture, and Society
Authors: D.A. Dunkley
This article examines Leonard P. Howell’s understanding of repatriation as a form of black resistance aimed at decolonizing Jamaica. Howell, who is considered a Rastafari founder, engaged in political activities that indicated investment in psychological repatriation as opposed to physical repatriation to facilitate a Rastafari black nationalist agenda for Jamaica.
Published: Feb 03, 2016 by Caribbean Quarterly
Authors: D.A. Dunkley
There has been quite a lot of interest in Rastafari’s founding leader, Leonard Percival Howell, in recent years. However, much of his approach to leadership and its impact on Jamaica during the anti-colonial struggles of the 1930s to the 1960s are still to be sufficiently explored.
By: Daive A. Dunkley
Since 2009, the Columbia Police Department has developed and expanded its Community Outreach Unit, and this unit has seen remarkable success.
The reports that have haunted Columbia with the specter of rising crime must be set against the empirical data that has been generated around the success of community policing.
A graph in the 2018 Citizen Handbook illustrates tangible success in the areas where community policing was implemented, recording a 47 percent drop in robbery, a 50 percent reduction in aggravated assault, 46 percent drop in burglary and on down the line.
Reliance on aggressive and hierarchal law enforcement can foster toxicity and mistrust in our social relationships. On the other hand, building trust through long-term, attentive partnership with communities benefits everyone. Community policing starts with the simple premise that law enforcement belongs to the community as a whole and that all citizens are the subjects of law enforcement, not its object.
With this approach, communities can draw on their own knowledge and strengths to help officers anticipate problems before they arise. Such cooperation reinforces communal bonds. Moreover, it works.
We the undersigned write from a faith perspective. This perspective, like many of the faiths that help bind Columbia together, calls us to reach across the divide and love our neighbor.
Our parish anti-racism group embraces our church’s mission to “build community in the Spirit of Jesus.” Our Episcopal Book of Common Prayer calls on us to “seek and serve Christ in all persons,” to “strive for justice among all people” and to “respect the dignity of every human being.”
Columbia is an increasingly diverse community. We need and deserve a mode of policing that builds on the strengths of that diversity and does not foster division.
Community policing moves us ever so gingerly in that direction. It increases the likelihood that all citizens will be treated with dignity and justice in their interactions with law enforcement. And in a small but definable way, it moves us in the direction of Dr. King’s “beloved community.”
The Dismantling Racism Group, Calvary Episcopal Church
Rev. H. Knute Jacobson, Rector
Rev. Janet Schisser, Deacon
Mary Ann Ghosal