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The color of crime

Author: Katheryn Russell-Brown
Publisher: New York : New York University Press, ©2009.
Series: Critical America.
Edition/Format:   Book : English : 2nd edView all editions and formats
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"When Americans are asked what concerns them most about the direction of the country, crime and racial tensions invariably figure prominently in the answer. In the minds of many, these two problems are inextricably linked. Yet opinions and beliefs about race and crime are often informed as much by myth and preconception as by fact and reality." "In this book, Katheryn K. Russell surveys the landscape of American  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Katheryn Russell-Brown
ISBN: 9780814776179 0814776175 9780814776186 0814776183
OCLC Number: 227931119
Description: ix, 213 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: Media messages --
The skin game --
History's strange fruit --
Discrimination or disparity? --
Are we still talking about O.J.? --
Racial hoaxes --
White crime --
Race and crime literacy.
Series Title: Critical America.
Responsibility: Katheryn Russell-Brown.
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