Policing the Black Man (audiobook)

Arrest, Prosecution, and Imprisonment

Edited and with an introduction by Angela J. Davis
10.2 hrs • 9 CDs• 1 MP3 CD • Unabridged
Nonfiction/Social Science
Target Audience: Adult
Release Date: 07/11/17
Library CD Library Edition CD titles are packaged in an attractive, full-sized, durable vinyl case with full color art. Cloth Sleeves keep compact discs protected and in numerical order. 
- 07/11/17 9781538420645
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MP3 CD MP3-CDs: Come in a durable vinyl case similar to a dvd case. An index of contents and tracking information are included within the Mp3-CD format. MP3's can be played on any compatible CD player 
- 07/11/17 9781538420669
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A comprehensive analysis of the key issues of the Black Lives Matter movement, this thought-provoking and compelling anthology features essays by some of the nation’s most influential and respected criminal justice experts and legal scholars.

Contributing authors include Bryan Stevenson, director of the Equal Justice Initiative, NYU Law professor, and author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy; Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund; Jeremy Travis, president of John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and many others.

Policing the Black Man explores and critiques the many ways the criminal justice system impacts the lives of African American boys and men at every stage of the criminal process from arrest through sentencing. Essays range from an explication of the historical roots of racism in the criminal justice system to an examination of modern-day police killings of unarmed black men.

The coauthors discuss and explain racial profiling, the power and discretion of police and prosecutors, the role of implicit bias, the racial impact of police and prosecutorial decisions, the disproportionate imprisonment of black men, the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, and the Supreme Court’s failure to provide meaningful remedies for the injustices in the criminal justice system.

Policing the Black Man is an enlightening listen for anyone interested in the critical issues of race and justice in America.

Review Quotes

“Robin Miles and Kevin Kenerly trade off narrating the essays according to each author’s gender. Miles’ matter-of-fact voice is coupled with a skill for timing and emphasis that makes the points being made resonate with the listener. Kenerly’s deep and soft voice…provides a consistent and engaging narration.”


“Somewhere among the anger, mourning, and malice that Policing the Black Man documents lies the pursuit of justice. This powerful book demands our fierce attention.”

Toni Morrison, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“These writers deconstruct the monolith of racism and the conscious and unconscious deadly intent of the powers that be.”

Walter Mosley, New York Times bestselling author

“This book is essential reading for all of us who love the concept of justice in America and seek for its practical applications to live up to its theoretical ideals.”

Henry Louis Gates Jr., New York Times bestselling editor

“Davis powerfully shows the American police and justice system are heavily biased against non-white Americans. Policing the Black Man is an indictment of American justice system and police. It is one of the best books on racism in America. This should put every American to shame.”

Washington Book Review

“[An] eye-opening assemblage of essays on racism in the American criminal justice system…Relentlessly informative and disturbing.”

Publishers Weekly

“An absorbing anthology, scholarly yet approachable.”

Kirkus Reviews

“These essays provide much-needed data, analysis, and insights into the disparities throughout US society and its criminal justice system.”

Library Journal

“From the Black Codes to capital punishment, specific policies and propaganda have licensed serially violent overreactions to the mere sight and shape of black boys and men. Yet this volume contains hope…The essays in this collection just might lead to the kind of understanding so necessary for the health and safety of all citizens, for trust in the institutions of law enforcement, and for the rehabilitation of justice itself.”

Patricia Williams, MacArthur fellow and John L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia Law School