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Race, Crime, and the Law

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Winner of the 1998 Robert F. Kennedy Book Award Grand Prize

"An original, wise and courageous work that moves beyond sterile arguments and lifts the discussion of race and justice to a new and more hopeful level."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.
In this groundbreaking, powerfully reasoned, lucid work that is certain to provoke controversy, Harvard law professor Randall Kennedy take
Paperback, 560 pages
Published March 31st 1998 by Vintage (first published 1997)
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David McCormick
May 24, 2012 David McCormick rated it really liked it
Although certain lengths of this book can be dry (especially the legal history stuff), my favorite part of this book is the section on racial profiling and Kennedy's arguments on the subject. Of course, a very sensitive subject but in my opinion Kennedy gives an evenhanded analysis. In essence, he argues that unless there is a compelling reason for police officers to profile (an eyewitness description, etc.), they should be discouraged from doing so. He writes that the risk of innocents being ha ...more
Aug 04, 2007 Nicko rated it it was amazing
There is a reason why Kennedy's book has become a "must read" among law professors. Harvard law professor, Kennedy brings terrific power to his very original work in this excellent review of issues regarding race, ethnicity, and the criminal justice system. Kennedy's arguments are principled and balanced. No one has been able to write about these issues again without having to grapple with Kennedy's arguments.
Dec 23, 2015 Frederick rated it it was amazing
This is an outstanding study of the legal aspects of race and law in America. I recommend it highly and have read it twice now myself. Professor Kennedy is brilliant and his arguments sound and compelling. Every student of American history should read this.
Beardo Gomez
Mar 06, 2016 Beardo Gomez rated it really liked it
Portions of this are a little tough to get through but I'm happy to have persevered; an essential read.
May 21, 2010 Olivas rated it really liked it
Great book if you're interested in criminal law. Thought provoking and factually supported.
Apr 21, 2008 matt rated it really liked it
Oh, Randall. We had so many spats over the semester but ultimately you've won me over.
great book!
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