Condemnation of Little B.

ISBN-10: 080700975X

ISBN-13: 9780807009758

Edition: 2002 (Reprint)

Authors: Elaine Brown
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Description: "A narrative that crackles with tension and enormous empathy. . . . Extraordinarily powerful." -Publishers Weekly Through the story of a thirteen-year-old black boy condemned to life in prison, Elaine Brown exposes the "New Age" racism that effectively condemns millions of poor African-Americans to a third world life. The story of "Little B" is riveting, a stunning example of the particular burden racism imposes on black youths. Most astonishing, almost all of the officials involved in bringing him to "justice" are black. Michael Lewis was officially declared a ward of the state at age eleven, and then systematically ignored until his arrest for murder. Brown wondered how this boy could possibly have aroused so much public resentment, why he was being tried (and roundly condemned, labeled a "super-predator") in the press. Then she met Michael and began investigating his case on her own. Brown adeptly builds a convincing case that the prosecution railroaded Michael, looking for a quick, symbolic conviction. His innocence is almost incidental to the overwhelming evidence that the case was unfit for trial. Little B was convicted long before he came to court, and effectively sentenced years before, when the "safety net" allowed him to slip silently down. Brown cites studies and cases from all over America that reveal how much more likely youth of color are to be convicted of crimes and to serve long-even life-sentences, and how deeply the new black middle class is implicated in this devastating reality.

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Book details

Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Beacon Press
Publication date: 2/15/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

Scapegoat
Black Man-Child
The Murder Case
Evil in the City
Shadow of the Dome
Atlanta: Hub of the New South
The Bluff
Little B
Superpredator or Outcast?
The Root of This Evil
Monticello Revisited
Post-Emancipation Fight for Freedom
This Little Light Extinguished
New Age Racism
Marching from Monticello
The Abandonment
The Real Crime
Trompe L'oeil
The Innocence of Little B
The Appeal
Notes
Acknowledgments
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