Blackhood Against the Police Power: Punishment and Disavowal in the “Post-Racial” Era
How you will feel about this book, and whether or not you will agree with it, really depends on your political leanings. The author does not hold back, at times going for the throat with righteous anger, when he examines racial oppression. Whether it is in academia with the watering down of minority studies, which has lost its bite because of a tenure system that pushes those who speak out to the margins. Or in society, especially in the police state, where people love to talk about how we are in a post-racial society–but in reality, are we?
This really feels like two books in one, and frankly either one could work on its own. The talk of academia and how ethnic studies are not what they used to be and how they have failed would have made for a fascinating discussion. While examining how the police state holds back African-Americans through violence and repression would have been excellent as well, since we are living in times when minorities are often killed by the police.
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|Author||Tryon P. Woods|
|Page Count||350 pages|
|Publisher||Michigan State University Press|
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|Category||Current Events & Politics|