The Color of Crime, Third Edition: Racial Hoaxes, White Crime, Media Messages, Police Violence, and Other Race-Based Harms (Paperback)

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by Katheryn Russell-Brown


How we can understand race, crime, and punishment in the age of Black Lives Matter


When The Color of Crime was first published in 1998, it was heralded as a path-breaking book on race and crime. Now, in its third edition, Katheryn Russell-Brown's book is more relevant than ever, as police killings of unarmed Black civilians-such as George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Daniel Prude-continue to make headlines around the world. She continues to ask, why do Black and white Americans perceive police actions so differently? Is white fear of Black crime justified?

With three new chapters, over forty new racial hoax cases, and other timely updates, this edition offers an even more expansive view of crime and punishment in the twenty-first century. Russell-Brown gives us much-needed insight into some of the most recent racial hoaxes, such as the one perpetrated by Amy Cooper. Should perpetrators of racial hoaxes be charged with a felony? Further, Russell-Brown makes a compelling case for race and crime literacy and the need to address and name White crime. Russell-Brown powerfully concludes the book with a parable that invites readers to imagine what would happen if Blacks decided to abandon the United States.

Russell-Brown explores the tacit and subtle ways that crime is systematically linked to people of color. The Color of Crime is a lucid and forceful volume that calls for continued vigilance on the part of scholars, policymakers, journalists, and others in the age of Black Lives Matter.

About the Author

Katheryn Russell-Brown is Levin, Mabie, and Levin Professor of Law and Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida's Levin College of Law. She is the author of Protecting Our Own: Race, Crime, and African Americans and Underground Codes: Race, Crime, and Related Fires, and has also written three children's books, including She Was the First! The Trailblazing Life of Shirley Chisholm.

Product Details

Category: Whiteness Studies, Law

Language: English

Format/Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: New

ISBN-10: 1479843156

ISBN-13: 978-1479843152

Publisher: New York University Press

Date Published: November 23, 2021

Pages: 256

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