Category Archives: Criminal Justice

Race and the Tragedy of Quota-Based Policing

Criminal justice reform divides into two seemingly irreconcilable camps: Black Lives Matter versus blue lives matter. On one side are racial minorities—often led by women—and allied whites who acknowledge that having black or brown skin can be a death-dealing hazard. These individuals are exasperated about lethal police violence and the resultant lack of accountability. On… Read More »

Blacks have more political power than ever. But they still face a racialized criminal justice system.

The federal government was designed by the framers of the American Constitution in the 18th century to protect minority rights. In the Civil Rights Era of the 1960s this role was deployed against white supremacy in the American South with decisive effect to ensure that first de-segregationist court decisions, and later Civil Rights legislation, did… Read More »

Intellectual Honesty About Race And Criminal Justice Reform

There is an old adage that posits “The more things appear to change, the more they stay the same.” Once again, millions of Americans are engulfed in what has become a reluctant national debate and dialogue concerning race and the urgency to reform the nation’s criminal justice system. Finding and identifying transformative remedies and solutions… Read More »

Black Police Officers Feel the Inner Tug of a Dual Role

The day after five Dallas police officers were killed in an ambush, Montrell Jackson, a black police officer in Baton Rouge, La., took to Facebook to voice his frustration. “I’m tired physically and emotionally,” he wrote, questioning the “nasty hateful looks” he received as a police officer and the “threat” he felt when he was… Read More »