The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America

The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America

by Charles Ogletree
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The Presumption of Guilt: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class and Crime in America 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Emmett_Price More than 1 year ago
THE PRESUMPTION OF GUILT: The Arrest of Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Race, Class, and Crime in America is a brilliantly composed treatise on one of the most challenging and polarizing issues within the Unites States - justice. Written by one of the leading authorities, educators and activists on issues of race, justice, civil rights and the law, this book is a must read for any citizen concerned with uncovering the tensions resulting from the misguided abuse of power while discovering corrective measures to protect the presumption of innocence for all. Prof. Ogletree's exposé on the arrest of Prof. "Skip" Gates and the clever analysis of race, class and crime in the United States is a tremendous contribution to an ongoing exchange of monologues that hopefully will evolve into a substantial and meaningful dialogue. Conversation of a post-racial era is effectively refocused on whether we have reached justice and equality for all. From issues of trust and respect to police discretion and citizen's rights, THE PRESUMPTION OF GUILT puts the "Skip" Gates event into a historical chronicle that is long enough and broad enough to reveal a disturbing pattern. Regardless of what side of the proverbial, bi-passionate bickering one might find oneself on, the amount of media coverage, blogs, editorials and even comedy spoofs reveals that there is something there to be dealt with, even if we continue to deny it. Prof. Ogletree challenges the nation to deal with the "elephant in the room." With THE PRESUMPTION OF GUILT, Prof. Ogletree touches on the challenges of the current criminal justice system not only through the perspective of the "Skip Gates" arrest but through the stories of Rodney King, Andrew Meyer, Latasha Harlins, Abner Louima, Amadou Diallo and Sean Bell. If these seem like isolated incidents that are few and far between take a minute to google the name "Oscar Grant." Mention of the recent Arizona senate bill 1070 is worthy of a quick read in itself as it clearly offers a perspective to reveal an underlying issue within the country's fabric that must be "dealt with." Whether you agree with Prof. Ogletree or not is not the purpose of the read. If you believe in "justice for all," or if you want to examine what Archbishop Desmond Tutu once called America's "illusion of equality," this book will reveal itself to be captivating, informative and extremely interesting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Its unfortunate that in the year 2010, this topic is still a hot button issue. Considering what's happening in Arizona, the sad fact is that your skin color or heritage could have an impact on how you are treated by society, the legal system and law enforcement. Hopefully, in the next 10 years, we won't see anymore books on this topic as it will no longer be an issue.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why is there even a book written about this case? It is simply a case of a burgulary suspect mouthing off to an officer of the law. His mouth got him in trouble again as it has many times before.