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Black in blue : African-American police officers and racism
Bolton, Kenneth, 1959-
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New York : Routledge, [2004]

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289 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Black in blue -- Everyday racism on the force -- Problems of the white mind : perspectives of black officers -- Racial barriers in police departments -- A hostile racial climate -- Black officers transform policing -- A better future for all Americans.
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From New York to Los Angeles, police departments across the country are consistently accused of racism. Although historically white police precincts have been slowly integrating over the past few decades, African-American officers still encounter racism on the job. Bolton and Feagin have interviewed fifty veteran African-American police officers to provide real-life and vivid examples of the difficulties and discrimination these officers face everyday inside and outside the police station from barriers in hiring and getting promoted to lack of trust from citizens and members of black community.

Author Notes

Kenneth Bolton is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Southeastern Louisiana University.

Joe Feagin is Professor of Sociology at the Texas A&M University. He is a past president of the American Sociological Association. Among his many Routledge books are: White Racism (2nd edition, 2001), Racist America: Roots, Current Realities, and Future Reparations (2000), and The Agony of Education: Black Students at White Colleges and Universities (1996).

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Sociologists Bolton and Feagin offer a penetrating look at the tensions within police departments as more and more black officers join what was previously an exclusive and insular workforce. Focusing on 16 different law-enforcement agencies in the South, the authors offer personal accounts by 50 veteran black officers on the day-to-day stress of balancing relationships with distrustful white officers steeped in racial stereotypes and relationships with black communities that often view them as traitors. The authors provide the historical context of the policing of black communities since slavery and the continued disproportionate police attention paid to nonwhite communities, as well as previous sparse research on black police officers. But the most compelling elements of the book are the visceral accounts by black officers facing ongoing hostility and racism from initial training through efforts for advancement. They also offer redeeming accounts of sensitizing fellow officers and humanizing treatment of black communities. Readers interested in law-enforcement and racial issues will appreciate this look at efforts to desegregate police operations and how much more work is needed. --Vanessa Bush Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

Chapter One Black in Blue
Chapter Two Everyday Racism on the Force
Chapter Three Problems of the White Mind
Chapter Four Racial Barriers in Police Departments
Chapter Five A Hostile Racial Climate
Chapter Six Black Officers Can Transform Policing
Chapter Seven A Better Future for All Americans