The dreaded fear of the big black buck comes center stage when Hutchinson inserts a political history of the Jim Crow laws prohibiting race mixing. The sanctity of white femininity is underscored with examples of biased sentencing in rapes involving white and black women: A ten-year sentence for crimes against white women is the average, versus a two-year penalty for the rape of a black woman. The author spends a great deal of time countering the attacks on Simpson's reputation. Like many black analysts, he also weighs the conspiracy theories that are currently in vogue among African Americans: the use of AIDS as genocide, the use of crack to destabilize black life, and attacks on black celebrities meant to destroy successful role models.
Presents a framework for community economic development, showing community groups and leaders how to develop and promote ideas and actions for development, and how to adapt the framework for several different approaches. Offers strategies for training and organizing volunteers, understanding government regulations and environmental concerns, developing sites to attract visitors, funding projects, and building networks between associations, agencies, and individuals. Includes numerous checklists and tips. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
On the heels of the verdict of the "trial of the century," Hutchinson's discussion about the social implications of the O.J. case is timely. He explores the very topics--race, sex, and class in America--that made the trial so discussed and debated. Hutchinson offers compelling comparisons of recent cases involving white and black male defendants with similar charges, yet with disparate dispositions. Not only were the white males treated differently by the courts for the same crime, but in these examples the males were all charged with sex crimes: sexual harassment, date rape, domestic violence, and child molestation. Hutchinson is seemingly building a strong case for the view of the black male as a menace to society, but then he veers off into such topics as young black men and their media image, leaving the study rather open-ended, as it perhaps should be at this point. Nevertheless, the response, especially the white response, to the jurors' verdict on October 2, 1995, and this book reinforce that race and class are issues that not only affect how one is treated but also how one sees the world.