Silent Victims: Hate Crimes Against Native Americans

Silent Victims: Hate Crimes Against Native Americans

by Barbara Perry

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Silent Victims: Hate Crimes Against Native Americans by Barbara Perry

Hate crimes against Native Americans are a common occurrence, Barbara Perry reveals, although most go unreported. In this eye-opening book, Perry shines a spotlight on these acts, which are often hidden in the shadows of crime reports. She argues that scholarly and public attention to the historical and contemporary victimization of Native Americans as tribes or nations has blinded both scholars and citizens alike to the victimization of individual Native Americans. It is these acts against individuals that capture her attention.

Silent Victims is a unique contribution to the literature on hate crime. Because most extant literature treats hate crimes—even racial violence—rather generically, this work breaks new ground with its findings. For this book, Perry interviewed nearly 300 Native Americans and gathered additional data in three geographic areas: the Four Corners region of the U.S. Southwest, the Great Lakes, and the Northern Plains. In all of these locales, she found that bias-related crime oppresses and segregates Native Americans.

Perry is well aware of the history of colonization in North America and its attendant racial violence. She argues that the legacy of violence today can be traced directly to the genocidal practices of early settlers, and she adds valuable insights into the ways in which “Indians” have been constructed as the Other by the prevailing culture. Perry’s interviews with Native Americans recount instances of appalling treatment, often at the hands of law enforcement officials. In her conclusion, Perry draws from her research and interviews to suggest ways in which Native Americans can be empowered to defend themselves against all forms of racist victimization.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780816525966
Publisher: University of Arizona Press
Publication date: 09/04/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Barbara Perry is Professor of Criminology, Justice, and Policy Studies at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa, Ontario. She has written extensively in the area of inequality and justice, with a particular emphasis on hate crime. She is the author of In the Name of Hate: Understanding Hate Crime and is the editor of Hate and Bias Crime: A Reader.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments     xi
Setting the Context     1
Thinking about Hate Crime     9
A History of Violence: Colonization of America     24
Imaging American Indians     38
Contextualizing Native American Hate-Crime Victimization     55
The Forgotten Victims: Hate Crimes against Native Americans     75
The Cumulative Effects of Hate Crime     101
Responding to Anti-Indian Violence     119
Bibliography     141
Index     153

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