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What Color Justice

4.57  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Eleven-year-old Darnell Cooper, malnourished and uneducated, is plucked by chance from the abusive horrors of a Philadelphia slum by Lionel, a brash, young, black lawyer struggling to find his own identity. Darnell is discovered to be phenomenally intelligent, and he also becomes the best high school basketball player in the country. But Darnell famously spurns the NBA and ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published October 7th 2005 by iUniverse (first published 2005)
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Joni Daniels
Mar 19, 2014 Joni Daniels rated it it was amazing
From the streets of Philadelphia comes a terrific story that makes the reader as well as the characters think about how we think and the assumptions we make about race, class, lawyers, police, the educated, those who live in the projects and those who lunch at the elite clubs. We meet Darnell Cooper when he is just 11, living in squalor and horrific abuse. A black attorney, just starting his own career decides to act and takes him in. A cop with a jerk for a partner pins all his love and hope on ...more
Courtney Hogan
Apr 25, 2014 Courtney Hogan rated it really liked it
Heads up that the first chapter (and a few other parts) are very difficult to read. Otherwise, I thought it was a good book, which highlights the injustices and racial biases that persist in the court system, in schools, on the streets, in our minds, everywhere. I also enjoyed that this book was set in Philadelphia for lighthearted reasons such as the big 5 basketball references, but also for the reason that it made the book's messages ones that I couldn't ignore. I have been a Philadelphia ...more
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Dec 01, 2013 Sarah rated it really liked it
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I'm giving this one 3.5 stars. Unfortunately, the Kindle version had so many typos! Aside from that, the story had a little bit for everyone - love, friendship, betrayal, drama - and towards the end I couldn't put it down. I did find the ending was predictable but enjoyed that the author dove into the controversial topic of racism in a unique and memorable way.
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Aug 31, 2010 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Probably the best book ever. Doesn't hurt that I live in Phila & worked with the Delco court system.
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Fabulous and riveting read. The character development was amazing. I truly felt for characters, and despised some of them. Very timely read with an important reminder to go beyond stereotypes.
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