Faculty Book Addresses Racial Issues

Published: January 26th, 2004

Category: News Briefs

A new book by Professor/Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations Director Katheryn Russell-Brown analyzes criminal issues that have a racial subtext, including police brutality, American Indians and crime, and the suggested link between gangsta rap music and crime. UNDERGROUND CODES: Race, Crime and Related Fires is available now at bookstores.

According to the publisher, “Americans fear crime, are rattled by race and avoid honest discussions of both. Anxiety, denial, miscommunication, and ignorance abound. Imaginary connections between minorities and crime become real, self-fulfilling prophecies and authentic links to race, class, gender and crime go unexplored. Katheryn Russell-Brown, author of the highly acclaimed The Color of Crime, makes her way through this intellectual minefield, determined to shed light on the most persistent and perplexing domestic policy issues.”

Using social science research, case law, and official crime data for support, Russell-Brown challenges the conventional wisdom about the relationship between crime and race. The final chapter is devoted to “race facts” — 20 facts one should know to engage in an informed conversation about race, crime and justice. Innovative, well- researched and meticulously documented, Underground Codes makes a case for greater public invovlement in discussions of crime and race and how these are topics are publicly framed.

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