Justice While Black is a must-read for every young black male in Americaand for everyone else who cares about their survival and well-being. This is a first-of-its-kind essential guide for African-American families about how to understand the criminal justice system, and about why that system continues to see black men as targetsand as dollar signs.
The book provides practical, straightforward advice on how to deal with specific legal situations: the threat of arrest, being arrested, being in custody, preparing for and undergoing a trial, and navigating the appeals and parole process. The primary goal of this book is to become a primer for African Americans on how to avoid becoming ensnared in the criminal justice system.
While the precarious safety of black males has received renewed interest in the past year because of the deaths of teenagers Trayvon Martin and Jordan Davis, the fact is that this group has always been under threat from the armed guardians of the white social order. The tactics have been modernized, but the impact is still devastatingwe are witnessing an epic criminalization of the African-American community at levels never before seen since the end of slavery.
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About the Author
Robbin Shipp, Esq., is an attorney in Decatur, Georgia. She lives in Atlanta with her daughter. Nick Chiles has won more than a dozen major journalism awards, including a Pulitzer Prize as a newspaper reporter in New York City. He is the author or co-author of 12 books, including two New York Times bestsellers, one co-written with Rev. Al Sharpton and one with gospel superstar Kirk Franklin. He lives in Atlanta.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Officer Friendly Isn't Your Friend: Everything You Need to Know about Racial Profiling 13
Chapter 2 Silence Is Golden: How to Handle Stop-and-Frisk and Illegal Searches 35
Chapter 3 The History between Police and Black Males: From Slave Patrols to the KKK-to Today 49
Chapter 4 The Trap of the Plea Bargain: How to Fight It 59
Chapter 5 Get Me Johnnie Cochran: When You Don't Have Cash to Hire a High-Profile Lawyer 89
Chapter 6 Get a Haircut: The Black Male Goes to Trial 83
Chapter 7 Jesus… Somebody… Please Help!: Never Give Up Hope 95
Chapter 8 Families: Got to Be There 105
Chapter 9 The Prison-Industrial Complex: The Vicious Cycle 115
Chapter 10 Your Guide to Navigating the System 133
About the Authors 153