Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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p. ix

I never imagined when I signed the contract for The Color of Crime in 1995 that the book, which was published in 1998, would have a second edition. As the tenth anniversary of its publication approached, I was excited to have a chance to revisit, rethink, and rewrite some of the material. ...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-5

Memory is a funny thing. We like to believe that our memories are an accurate reflection of the way things were. When it comes to historical memory, however, the truth of the matter is oft en fleeting, distorted, and incomplete. As it turns out, to tell the truth about the past ...

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1. Media Messages

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pp. 6-22

Pick a mass medium. Any medium. Television, radio, newspaper, the Internet, magazines, or books. Any one of them. Each one has its own power and its own unique ability to make us see the world through the eyes of its recorder. Irrespective of the mass medium you examine, ...

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2. The Skin Game

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pp. 23-34

Depending on whom you ask, we either talk too little or not enough about race in this country. It seems we are oft en on the precipice of discussing race but have to be pushed to the edge before we engage in any assessments of progress. Th is “edge” usually comes in the form of ...

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3. History’s Strange Fruit

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pp. 35-52

Debate continues as to whether the U.S. legal system is just and fair and, if so, for whom and under which circumstances. Th ere is little debate, however, as to the justice system’s racist origins. An evaluation of the workings of the contemporary criminal justice system is incomplete ...

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4. Discrimination or Disparity?

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pp. 53-74

Study after study shows that Blacks and Whites hold contrary viewpoints about the fairness of the criminal justice system. Blacks are more likely to believe that the justice system works against them, and Whites are more likely to believe that the justice system works for them. ...

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5Are We Still Talking about O. J.?

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pp. 75-97

Th is exchange is based on an actual conversation between the author and a White female friend. Th e dialogue offers a glimpse of the racial tensions that surfaced during the O. J. Simpson case. Though many years have passed since Simpson was found not guilty of murdering his ex-wife, ...

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6. Racial Hoaxes

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pp. 98-127

Th e racial hoax is a classic example of “playing the race card.” It is a cynical manipulation of our deepest fears about race and violence. Racial hoaxes are not new and are deeply woven into our sociological and historical landscape, past and present. For centuries Black men were offered ...

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7. White Crime

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pp. 128-148

It has been said that you can tell a lot about how something is valued in a culture by the number of types or models it has been given. For instance, the automobile has many names; it has hundreds of makes and models. Th e same is true for a variety of things, such as trees, colors, ...

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8. Race and Crime Literacy

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pp. 149-160

When I was in graduate school studying criminology, “race” seemed to be shorthand for African Americans. Most of the books and articles we read cast Blacks either as offenders or as victims of crime, primarily at the hands of Black offenders. Assigned readings focused on “Black crime” and ...

Appendix A

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pp. 161-162

Appendix B

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pp. 163-186

Notes

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pp. 187-207

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 199-208

Index

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pp. 209-212

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About the Author

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p. 213

Katheryn Russell-Brown is 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 several other books, ...