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“Like Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness or Ta-Nehisi Coates’ Between the World and Me, Policing the Black Man insightfully shows us why the encounter between black men and even black boys with the criminal justice system is, and long has been historically, fraught, reflecting larger social and economic relations between white and black Americans. The essays collected here by Angela Davis effectively demonstrate how the painful history of racial injustice in America informs a black male’s experience of virtually every aspect of our system of justice, from arrest, through prosecution and sentencing, to incarceration. This book is essential reading for all of us who love the concept of justice in America, and seek for its practical applications to live up to its theoretical ideals.”
—Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
“Policing the Black Man is a social-political mitzvah. With statistics in one hand and true beating heart in the other these writers deconstruct the monolith of racism and the conscious and unconscious deadly intent of the powers that be.”
"Rigorous and chilling. This collection from leading academics and lawyers is profoundly unsettling but also fiercely illuminating. For all those working to see truth, reconciliation, and justice prevail in America, this collection is an essential and timely provocation."
—Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD-8)
“This essential anthology explains the deep American history of the alarming and unconscionable racial disparities in policing, prosecution, and mass incarceration. From the Black Codes to capital punishment, specific policies and propaganda have licensed serially violent overreactions to the mere sight and shape of black boys and men. Yet this volume contains hope in its elucidation of the structural bases of such dangerous bias. In decoding how such a tragedy came to be, the essays in this collection just might lead to the kind of understanding so necessary for the health and safety of all citizens, for trust in the institutions of law enforcement, and for the rehabilitation of justice itself.”
—Patricia Williams, MacArthur Fellow and John L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
"Angela J. Davis powerfully shows the American police and justice system are heavily biased against non-white Americans. Policing the Black Man is an indictment of American justice system and police. It is one of the best books on racism in America. This should put every American to shame."
—The Washington Book Review
"Lucid perspectives on how and why the United States criminal justice system often victimizes black males . . . An absorbing anthology, scholarly yet approachable."
About the Author
Angela J. Davis, a graduate of Harvard Law School, is Professor of Law at the American University Washington College of Law and author of Arbitrary Justice: The Power of the American Prosecutor.
Robin Miles, named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration, an Audie Award for directing, and many Earphones Awards. Her film and television acting credits include The Last Days of Disco, Primary Colors, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, New York Undercover, National Geographic's Tales from the Wild, All My Children, and One Life to Live. She regularly gives seminars to members of SAG and AFTRA actors' unions, and in 2005 she started Narration Arts Workshop in New York City, offering audiobook recording classes and coaching. She holds a BA degree in theater studies from Yale University, an MFA in acting from the Yale School of Drama, and a certificate from the British American Drama Academy in England.
Kevin Kenerly, an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator, earned a BA degree at Olivet College. A longtime member of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, he has acted in fifteen seasons, playing dozens of roles.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
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- Publisher : Vintage (July 11, 2017)
- Publication Date : July 11, 2017
- Print Length : 353 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
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- Language: : English
- ASIN : B018CHH2X0
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Turns out I was right. The book is a collection of essays by people I did not know, but who seem to be experts in the topic. The editor is a black female law professor and her colleages are mostly black and often from academia or civil rights organisations.
Frankly speaking I can not grasp what I see in the news. This whole BLM movement seems to be a combination of lunacy, mass hysteria and neo communists and I can not understand, why the whole world endorses this movement. Well, the text is helpfull here, since it shows the rationale behind the protests.
Now my problem is, that the text is very disingenuous. As I said, these are smart people writing here so I have to asume they are not naive, but manipulating. Everything is framed according to the expectation, it is a very black-and-white presentation (pun intended) that vilifies America and white people and frames black people as vicitms of racism - always.
Already in the foreword, there is a list of the familiar names that have been declared vicitims of racism in the past few years. At least in some cases, I looked into it and remember the details that did not fit this narratives, but these details are not given here. Tamir Rice happened to carry a replica gun when he was shot dead... independend on how one judges this case it is wrong to simply omit these facts. Trayvon Martin of course must not be absent. The shooter Zimmerman is described as "white" despite his mother is from Peru and has African ancestry, the fact that the jury aquitted Z. is taken as a proof of racism despite the fact that even the President did take Trayvon Martins side. (How much more proof that the "institutional racism" is a fantasy does it need?)
The first essay delivers interesting facts about slavery in the 19th century and is quick to declare todays judicial practices as a substitute for lynching. The US have been racist "from the moment the white settlers reached the contient" to today - the civil rights movement is just a footnote there and the lynch mobs of the early 20th cty are still around, just that they changed their tactics (death penalty and mass incarceration). It is sad to see that much historic knowledge mighled with ideological blindlness. Slavery that is described as the essence of American Culture is of course (sadly) a constant in human history. Ancient cultures had slaves, pre-christian Europe had slaves, Ottoman Turkey kept slaves and today, slavery remains a reality in some places. What is special about european-christian culture is not that they had slaves, but that they abolished the practice.
Very interesting read, but sad to see how hatered and ideology blinds even intelligent people