Available Now: Justice While Black
More than two years ago, I began talking with Atlanta attorney Robbin Shipp about how we might create in book form some kind of guide to help Black males deal with all-too-frequent harrowing encounters with law enforcement and provide them ways to avoid being devoured by the voracious prison industrial complex. After the heartbreak of Trayvon Martin’s tragic encounter with George Zimmerman, we sat down and started writing. The result is Justice While Black: Helping African-American Families Navigate and Survive the Criminal Justice System.
Released by Agate Publishing, it will be available on October 14. While I am proud of the finished product, I am so distraught that with each passing day the book feels even more relevant and necessary. Justice While Black delves into racial profiling, the traps of the traffic stop, the motivations of the police, the proper mindset when in the back of a police car, the tricks of the plea bargain system, the systemic racism and brutality of the prison industrial complex—in addition to tracing how the modern American police force, particularly in the South, grew directly out of slave patrols and the KKK. It is a crucial book for anybody raising a Black child in America or anybody who cares how our nation locks up Black men and women to feed a multi-billion-dollar business and employment system.