Angela J. Davis
Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment
August 01, 2018 Comments.. 169
Policing the Black Man Arrest Prosecution and Imprisonment A comprehensive readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement this thought provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation s most influential and re

  • Title: Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment
  • Author: Angela J. Davis
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  • Page: 189
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  • A comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars.Policing the Black Man explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African AmericA comprehensive, readable analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars.Policing the Black Man explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process, from arrest through sentencing Essays range from an explication of the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to an examination of modern day police killings of unarmed black men The contributors discuss and explain racial profiling, the power and discretion of police and prosecutors, the role of implicit bias, the racial impact of police and prosecutorial decisions, the disproportionate imprisonment of black men, the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, and the Supreme Court s failure to provide meaningful remedies for the injustices in the criminal justice system Policing the Black Man is an enlightening must read for anyone interested in the critical issues of race and justice in America.

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    1. HBalikov says:

      For me, it has only been in this age of smart phone video and body cams that I became fully aware of the extent and the depth of questionable police reactions to black men as suspects. This collection of essays shines a light on racism and criminal justice in the USA.Within the past decade, there are now a host of black boys and men whose names have a public familiarity since their deaths (mostly shot by white men). These tragic few (who are recognized by name) are reminders that there are broad [...]

    2. Vnunez-Ms_luv2read says:

      This is a book that should be read by all. This is a detailed, essay formatted book on racism. This book covers many different basis such from the past to the present. What I truly enjoyed about the book was the statistics and facts to back up what had been written. I did learn some new things. With the climate of the world today, I wish everyone would read this book. The insight is magnificent. I will be buying this book for family and friends. Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher [...]

    3. Sarah Ames-Foley says:

      NOTE: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. This in no way impacts my review.Policing the Black Man is a collection of essays detailing both the history of racism in the United States' criminal justice system and the issues we face today. These essays were written by various criminal justice experts. The essays are strongly connected to modern issues, discussing recent killings of black men by police and the Black Lives Matter movement. The essays are laid out [...]

    4. Donna Davis says:

      A hard look at the American penal system--from cops, to court, to prison--is past due, and within this scholarly but crystal-clear series of essays, the broken justice system that still rules unequally over all inside USA borders is viewed under a bright light. Isn’t it about time? Thank you to Doubleday and Net Galley for the DRC. It’s for sale, and anyone with an interest in seeing change should read it. Caucasian readers that still can’t figure out why so many African-Americans are so u [...]

    5. Kristine says:

      Policing the Black Man by Angela J. Davis is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early June.A series of article-length discussions on profiling bias, controlled plea bargaining, wrongful prosecution, police attacking and targeting, crimes against black men as unconvicted, an overall disproportionate prison population, lynching (i.e. history, there being an absence of a formal crime, victim, or criminality, but definitely the presence of an allegation), low levels of accountability, illegal sea [...]

    6. Karen Ashmore says:

      At first I thought this was written by THE Angela Davis but I looked at the author's photo on the book jacket and realized it was a different Angela Davis. Nonetheless, this collection of essays was an interesting read although nothing I had not read before. But I am well read on this topic. Because these are essays by different authors, the quality of prose varied and some tended to be data laden, which is good if research is what you are looking for.

    7. Jill says:

      This book is a collection of eleven essays about the injustice when it comes to the criminal justice system and African Americans.Overall I rated this book four stars out of five. This was a very persuasive, informative book on the unfairness in how African Americans are treated in this country. This book was extremely well written and well researched. It brought all the facts to the forefront. And the astonishing facts you will read about in this book are difficult to ignore. My favorite essays [...]

    8. Allee says:

      Thanks to Gus for sending me an advance copy! I feel like such an insider. Sorry for the review I'm about to leaveMaybe it's because I'm already pretty immersed in this area of work, but this book had very little to offer in terms of any new or interesting insights or analysis, and it suffered from a severe lack of imagination. As always in an essay collection there are highlights and lowlights but really the only highlight of this book was Bryan Stevenson's piece tracing how capital punishment [...]

    9. Barbara Nutting says:

      A comprehensive look at the plight of blacks in America since the first landing of white men. What a black (no pun intended) eye on the face of this country. It shows, through facts, that the treatment of African Americans by the white race is equal to Hitler’s treatment of the Jews - only here it still exists. Case in point is the acquittal of George Zimmerman. Bigotry and prejudice are still alive and well in the US with no end in sight. 😢

    10. Ray says:

      "Policing the Black Man", edited by Angela Davis, is an anthology of essays by various scholars, lawyers, and activists dealing with racial disparity in the criminal justice system. While not all essays are equally digestible on first read, still people interested in a deeper understanding and underlying concerns of the "Black Lives Matter" movement should find the book worthwhile. The essays are:1. A Presumption of Guilt​, by Bryan Stevenson ​​2. The Endurance of Racial Disparity in the C [...]

    11. Rachel says:

      Policing the Black Man is a detailed guide to how institution racism affects every aspect of the criminal justice system. It’s a compilation of essays, written by different authors, that includes topics such as the police shootings of unarmed black men, the prosecution of both black men in general and in police officers involved in shootings, the grand jury process, and the regular criminal trial sentencing process.I learned so much from this book. Prior to reading this, I had mostly considere [...]

    12. Joshua says:

      I'm really glad that I read this collection however I will admit that I feel that The New Jim Crow managed to convey most of the material in this book already. Nevertheless this book like The New Jim Crow is required reading for anyone and everyone who is interested in deepening their knowledge about the racial disparity that exists in the justice system of the United States.Each of these essays digs into a different problem at heart in the justice system, explaining through real-life cases or s [...]

    13. Andy Oram says:

      To understand the tensions dividing America, we have to understand the intersection of race and crime. This book is a superb entry point to this crucial exploration. The authors do not suffer from a knee-jerk assumption that people who identify as white are racist, or that everyone involved in the criminal justice system are dedicated to persecuting black people. The essays are admirably balanced, looking at both racism and at other unfortunate factors--economic and cultural exclusion--that make [...]

    14. Lisa Miller says:

      This is a collection of essays written by different authors, many of whom are lawyers or law professors. Some of the essays very much have the feel of reading a college paper, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, just a little stilted and formulaic at times. I learned quite a bit. I had to struggle with the constant invective, but I knew it was going to be there just from the title. I read the book because I think it's good to get perspective from the people in the heart of a movement. I am not [...]

    15. Nuha says:

      What I enjoyed most was the way the authors drew connections between past and present legal cases and delved into legal socialism, or the the way prejudices in the legal system infiltrate social circles and inspire certain behaviors and mindsets. In particular, I liked how the authors traced historical laws against nonblack POC such as Asian Americans as the foundation for present racial-based laws pointing to consistent inability of the US judicial system to correct its racial predilections. Th [...]

    16. David says:

      I found this book as not only biased against law enforcement and opposing points of view, it was overly idealistic by thinking that instead of arresting and imprisoning offenders for violent crime, law enforcement should just be nicer to them to build their trust. All of these essays are very repetitive and seem to be written by ivory tower “academics” instead of people who have experience in the communities it talks about. Not worth reading, 11 essays citing cherry picked statistics, and [...]

    17. Alisha Bennett says:

      Like so many books that are a collection of writings by various authors; this suffered from repetition and unevenness. There are some germs of good ideas to reshape the justice system (which is sorely in need of an overhaul for everyone's sake) but there is also a good deal of words bandied about with no concrete actions proposed. For example, the final chapter suggests that the system have the twin goals of justice and peaceexcellent do we do that exactlyd beyond sounding nifty what does that e [...]

    18. Gwen - Chew & Digest Books - says:

      Important, but a long slog unless you are interested in the problem and repetitive even then because of the different authors bringing up some of the same individual shootings again in their own essays. What galls me is that it all seems so freaking obvious and yet the idiot bigots are still out there spreading their lies and vile crap. Policing, prosecutors, and sentencing all need to be color blind and until we get there, all will suffer, especially the black male.

    19. Nicole DePace says:

      A collection of essays written by criminal justice and legal scholars, so expectedly a dry read. If you're looking for reliable statistics, historical context to help understand our current problems of racism and injustice in our legal system, and arguments to help support why the Black Lives Matter movement is necessary-read this book. If you are still clinging to the counter that All Lives Matter, read this book.

    20. David Lum says:

      Tough reading for several reasons. Superficially hard to slog through for anybody (like me) who is not accustomed to reading dense, academic essays. Fundamentally hard to read because it makes you face the facts of racial injustice in the 21st century. Broadly I was already familiar with the premise, but it's eye opening to encounter so many harsh statistics. This book should be required reading for Donald Trump and anyone else who clings to the phrase "All Lives Matter".

    21. kelly says:

      Very informative and readable collection of essays on unjust policing practices, racial bias, unfair prosecution, and the mass incarceration of Black men. Also contains timely and insightful analysis of the Black Lives Matter movement, as well as many of the police shootings of unarmed men that have been in the press recently (Philando Castile, Walter Scott, and Laquan McDonald). Received my copy from NetGalley, but will recommend this as a purchase to anyone interested in this topic.

    22. Chelsea Kilpack says:

      Policing the Black Man takes a deep dive into the criminal justice system as a whole and vividly paints a picture of gross institutional racism at every level of American society.This should be required reading for anyone employed in the criminal justice system. A great primer for anyone interested in the topic of racial inequality.

    23. Alexandra says:

      A collection of essays that provide well researched analysis of the issue of racism in the American justice system. I highly recommend everyone read this or even a few of the essays. It definitely broadened my perspective and opened my eyes to the need of change in how America's criminal justice system handles black men and boys.

    24. Vasja Volin says:

      Excellent. While some of the essays retread the same ground, this collection contains much to think about. It's a fantastic look at the inequalities faced by blacks since the years of slavery. In contrast to many other books, however, Policing The Black Man has much to say on how to solve the problems of today.

    25. Sarah says:

      A well-researched collection of essays that capture the many ways the American justice system has failed black males. While some this information is well known to those who are well-read and/or active in racial justice movements I found it powerful to read these essays collectively. I found “Boys to Men: The Role of Policing In the Socialization of Black Boys” particularly noteworthy.

    26. Erica says:

      This book of essays was really informative. Some essays were better than others but they were all good at framing the problems going on in our country right now. I wish the book had offered more solutions but, alas, it did not. Still a lot to learn from this one, though!

    27. Graham says:

      This would be rated higher by me if I hadn't already read The New Jim Crow, which covers much of the same ground. As it is, these essays, while well-written and researched, didn't bring much new to the table.

    28. Jill says:

      Policing the Black Man is a rather academic book. I believe that if I hadn't taken pre-law classes back in my undergrad days, some of the essays would have been too dense for me.

    29. Andrea says:

      3.75/5

    30. Ron Willoughby says:

      I am at a loss for words, other than: US Americans should read this book.

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