U.s. - Political and Civil Rights of Blacks
Locking Up Our Own
Crime and Punishment in Black America
Hardcover ISBN: 0374189978
A consequential argument about race, crime and law in today's America by a Yale legal scholar and former public defender examines the urgent debates surrounding the criminal justice system and its activities involving mass incarceration, aggressive police tactics and their impact on at-risk people of color and beleaguered law-enforcement officers. Illustrations. Index.
Across That Bridge
Life Lessons and a Vision for Change
Hardcover ISBN: 1401324118
Sharing stories, life lessons and reflections on moments that challenged his commitment to the virtues he lives by, a civil rights icon presents his philosophy on living courageously and with purposes to create a new America.
The Audacity of Hope
Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream
Hardcover ISBN: 0307237699
The junior U.S. senator from Illinois speaks out to all Americans on how to transform U.S. politics, calling for a return to America's original ideals and revealing how they can be adapted to such controversial issues as globalization, the function of religion in public life, and the struggle to bring people together in a nation torn by differences. 250,000 first printing.
The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, Jr
Paperback ISBN: 0446676500
Drawing on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s unpublished writings and other materials housed in Stanford University's archives, a civil rights scholar assembles a continuous first-person narrative of King's life. Reprint.
Bending Toward Justice
The Birmingham Church Bombing That Changed the Course of Civil Rights
Hardcover ISBN: 1250201446
Traces the decades-long legal battle to bring justice to the victims of the 1963 Birmingham bombing attack on the 16th Street Baptist Church, detailing how the case was originally closed before the surviving bombers were eventually convicted.
The Rise of Post-Racial Politics and the Retreat from Racial Equity
Paperback ISBN: 0872865088
"Tim Wise's Colorblind is a Powerful and Urgently needed book. One of our best and most courageous public voices on racial inequity, Wise tackles head-on the resurgence and absurdity of post-racial liberalism in a world still largely structured by deep racial disparity and structural inequity. He shows us with passion and sharp, insightful, accessible analysis how this imagined world of post-racial framing and policy can't take us where we want to go---it actually stymies our progress toward racial unity and equality."---Tricia Rose, author of The Hip Hop Wars "Colorblind Proposes Practical Solutions to our problems and promotes new ways of thinking that encourage us to both recognize differences and transcend them."---George Lipsitz, author of The Possessive Investment in Whiteness "You Will Literally Lose Your Breath Trying to keep up with the ways that Wise lays waste to the idea that we've achieved anything close to a `post-race' society. If you don't know who Tim Wise is, you will after this book."---Mark Anthony Neal, author of New Black Man and Professor of African & African-American Studies at Duke University Legal gains were interpreted by some as ensuring equal treatment for all and that "colorblind" policies and programs would be the best way forward. Since then, many voices have called for an end to affirmative action and other color-conscious policies and programs, and even for a retreat from public discussion of racism itself. Bolstered by the election of Barack Obama, proponents of colorblindness argue that the obstacles faced by blacks and people of color in the United States can no longer be attributed to racism but instead result from economic forces. Thus, they contend, programs meant to uplift working-class and poor people are the best means for overcoming any racial inequalities that might still persist. In Colorblind, Tim Wise refutes these assertions and advocates that the best way forward is to become more, not less, conscious of race and its impact on equal opportunity. Focusing on disparities in employment, housing, education and healthcare, Wise argues that racism is indeed still an acute problem in the United States today, and that colorblind policies actually worsen the problem of racial injustice. Colorblind presents a timely and provocative look at contemporary racism and offers fresh ideas on what can be done to achieve true social justice and economic equality.
The Fire This Time
A New Generation Speaks about Race
Paperback ISBN: 1501126350
A surprise New York Times bestseller, these groundbreaking essays and poems about race—collected by National Book Award-winner Jesmyn Ward and written by the most important voices of her generation—are “thoughtful, searing, and at times, hopeful. The Fire This Time is vivid proof that words are important, because of their power to both cleanse and to clarify
I Can't Breathe
A Killing on Bay Street
Paperback ISBN: 081298885x
A work of riveting literary journalism that explores the roots and repercussions of the infamous killing of Eric Garner by the New York City police—from the bestselling author of The Divide NAMED ONE OF THE TEN BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE WASHINGTON POST On July 17, 2014, a forty-three-year-old black man named Eric Garner died on a Staten Island sidewalk after a police officer put him in what has been described as an illegal chokehold during an arrest for selling bootleg cigarettes. The final moments of Garner’s life were captured on video and seen by millions. His agonized last words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for the nascent Black Lives Matter protest movement. A grand jury ultimately declined to indict the officer who wrestled Garner to the pavement. Matt Taibbi’s deeply reported retelling of these events liberates Eric Garner from the abstractions of newspaper accounts and lets us see the man in full—with all his flaws and contradictions intact. A husband and father with a complicated personal history, Garner was neither villain nor victim, but a fiercely proud individual determined to do the best he could for his family, bedeviled by bad luck, and ultimately subdued by forces beyond his control. In America, no miscarriage of justice exists in isolation, of course, and in I Can’t Breathe Taibbi also examines the conditions that made this tragedy possible. Featuring vivid vignettes of life on the street and inside our Kafkaesque court system, Taibbi’s kaleidoscopic account illuminates issues around policing, mass incarceration, the underground economy, and racial disparity in law enforcement. No one emerges unsullied, from the conservative district attorney who half-heartedly prosecutes the case to the progressive mayor caught between the demands of outraged activists and the foot-dragging of recalcitrant police officials. A masterly narrative of urban America and a scathing indictment of the perverse incentives built into our penal system, I Can’t Breathe drills down into the particulars of one case to confront us with the human cost of our broken approach to dispensing criminal justice. “Brilliant . . . Taibbi is unsparing is his excoriation of the system, police, and courts. . . . This is a necessary and riveting work.”—Booklist (starred review)