"Law Never Here": A Social History of African American Responses to Issues of Crime and Justice

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Praeger, Jan 1, 1999 - Law - 236 pages
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Shared racial and cultural experiences and the collective memory of those experiences play important roles in determining the responses of African Americans to issues of crime and violence. By examining American history through the prism of African American experience, this volume provides a framework for understanding contemporary issues regarding crime and justice, including the much-discussed gap between how blacks and whites perceive the fairness of the criminal justice system. Following a thesis offered by W.E.B. Du Bois with regard to African American responses to oppression, the authors argue that responses by African Americans to issues of crime and justice have taken three main forms--resistance, accommodation, and self-determination. These responses are related to efforts by African Americans to carve out social and psychological space for themselves and to find their place in America.

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FRANKIE Y. BAILEY is an Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice, State University of New York at Albany.ALICE P. GREEN is the founder and Executive Director of the Center for Law and Justice, a community-based organization that serves as a clearinghouse for information on legal and criminal justice systems for members of low-income communities and those of color.

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