On an autopsy table, we all look the same. Not black. Not white. Just human.
And we all bleed red.
America has made many strides in our lifetime, including electing a president who is black. But race continues to be a central theme for many, causing them to attribute racial motivations to law enforcement, social policies, and laws. Race, though, has become less of a barrier or defining issue, as blacks have gained access to every corner of American government and public life.
In No Place for Race, Rodney L. Demery shows why his experience as a longtime officer of the law shows that issues blamed on race often have other causes. Demery urges that we stop using the oversimplified and easy answer of race, but instead delve deeper to look at the causes of issues that plague our families and communities. When we open ourselves up to the possibility of a social or economic cause or component to a problem, we also open ourselves up to the possibility that we can come up with a real answer to that problem, for we all want the same things.
This book will show you why:
• Police racial profiling may be the result of the failure of black police administrators and policy makers — rather than "white supremacists."
• Forty years of failed drug policies have put more drugs on the streets; and failed to reduce either supply or demand.
• Black preachers have failed their communities and perpetuated a fear of nonexistent systemic racism, so they can profit from the fear.
• George Zimmerman was the exception, not the rule: The most vital threat to a black man is a black man.
• We have overcome, but many have failed to acknowledge it ... even to themselves.
This book starts a discussion about the issues that are wrecking your community, moving us beyond race — and focusing on the real dangers that are threatening our lives every day.
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About the Author
He also is the author of Things My Daughters Need to Know: A Cop and Father’s View of Sex, Relationships and Happiness and speaks on law enforcement, leadership, and relationships.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A MUST read for ALL generations! " NO PLACE FOR RACE" is a very aw inspiring informative read on some controversial issues that most are uncomfortable discussing. I commend author Rodney Demery for bringing these issues to light and challenging others to make a change. This book makes you re-evaluate ones self and make you want to start taking action the minute you finish reading it. I recommend that all people in leadership positions read and discuss these issues with their followers. I honestly admit there is not ONE thing that I can debate or disagree with him on in this book, he is dead on point. You WILL change the way you view racial profiling. politics and religion after reading "NO PLACE FOR RACE" Great job Rodney Demery.
Great read for anyone, especially those wanting to make a change in their communities. I recommend this for college students and anyone else to create a dialog for change.
Unbelievably real! Rod Demery's "from the inside looking out" perspective will make you think. Anyone from a soccer mom to an elected leader can take something from this book. His stance on what is ruining communities and the corruption that has run amok in our forefront is raw. I felt like he was calling me out, making me reassess myself, all the while asking for my perspective. This book isn't just about racial division, it's about stereotypes killing this nation. His call is simply to see things as they really are. He should have written this years ago.
Sounds like a must read. Premises are spot on. I will definitely read this.
A provocative, must read!!!