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African American Organized Crime: A Social History
While stories of organized crime most often dwell on groups like the Mafia and Chinese Triad or Tongs, African Americans also have a long history of organized crime. Why have scholars and journalists paid so little attention to African American organized crime? What can a history of these criminal networks teach us about the social, political, and economic challenges that ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Rutgers University Press
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A critique of the Mafia-obsessed view of organized crime in U.S. criminology and also a passionate denunciation of the poor economic conditions and racism the authors argue has led to the extreme violence and chaos in the inner-city ghettos of the 90s. The authors trace Black crime from the benign illegal lotteries which proliferated in big cities after the great northward migration following the Civil War to the drug trafficking crews of today. Rather than explain away or condone the drug-fuele ...more