Driving While Black: Highways, Shopping Malls, Taxicabs, Sidewalks : how to Fight Back If You are a Victim of Racial Profiling

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Broadway, 2000 - Political Science - 254 pages
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A practical handbook for people who want to be safe and do something.

Racial profiling does happen. And while cases where victims find themselves looking down the barrel of a policeman's gun make the six o'clock news, dozens of less extreme, yet troubling, examples occur every day. Cabs that whiz by only to be seen stopping for "safer"-looking people just up the block; being asked for multiple pieces of identification when making purchases with credit cards; being followed around a department store by salespeople and security while never being asked if they need any assistance; being detained for hours and extensively searched in an airport or train station--Driving While Black clearly defines the system officially known as CARD (class, age, race, dress) and offers advice about how to handle potentially life-threatening situations with the police, as well as recourse for readers who suspect their civil rights have been denied due to racial profiling.

A book written to save lives, Driving While Black is not just for people of color, but for anyone who likes to wear a baseball cap, baggy jeans, sneakers, and a tee shirt and finds they are often treated like a "suspect."

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Meeks, the managing editor of Black Enterprise magazine, has written a practical guide for victims of racial profiling by police, security guards, and stores. Each well-written chapter begins with an ... Read full review


Understanding Racial Profiling
The New Jeraey
National Acknowledgment That Racial Profiling

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A journalist for more than a decade, Kenneth Meeks is now Managing Editor of Black Enterprise magazine. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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