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12 Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today [Paperback]

Gregory S. Parks , Matthew W. Hughey , Lani Guinier

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May 1 2012
Called a book “which is factual yet reads like a novel” by the Huffington Post, 12 Angry Men reveals some pointed truths about our nation, as a dozen eloquent authors from across the United States tell their personal stories of being racially profiled.

We hear from Joe Morgan, a former Major League Baseball MVP, who was tackled and falsely arrested at the Los Angeles airport; Paul Butler, a federal prosecutor who was detained while walking in his own neighborhood in Washington, D.C.; Kent, a devoted husband and father, hauled into central booking for trespassing and loitering when he visits his mother’s housing project; Solomon Moore, a former criminal justice reporter for the New York Times, detained by the police while on assignment in North Carolina; and King Downing, former head of the ACLU’s racial profiling initiative, who was himself pursued by National Guardsmen after arriving on the red-eye in Boston’s Logan Airport.

A narrative of another America for men of color emerges in 12 Angry Men as “a dozen brothers are allowed to give full vent to their feelings about [an] indignity routinely suffered by the majority of African American males” and, in doing so, reveal “a serious impediment to the collective American Dream of a colorblind society” (the nationally syndicated Pittsburgh Urban Media).

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Winner of a PASS Award from the National Council on Crime and Delinquency.

"Beautifully written, painfully honest."
—Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Gregory S. Parks is an attorney in private practice and a co-editor of Critical Race Realism (The New Press). He lives in Washington, D.C. Matthew W. Hughey is an assistant professor of sociology at Mississippi State University, where he lives, and is the co-editor of The Obamas and a (Post) Racial America. Lani Guinier, a professor at Harvard Law School, was the first black woman ever to head the civil rights division of the Justice Department. She is the author of the critically acclaimed book The Miner’s Canary and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Analyzes a sad reality that still lives on in modern America Feb. 15 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Even with America's first black president, racial profiling still reigns strong. "Twelve Angry Men: True Stories of Being a Black Man in America Today" draws on the crisis surrounding Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and how it revealed to many Americans a very real reality, where many black men, regardless of their status or own culture, find themselves demonized. From attorneys unable to walk in their own home, being arrested for visiting family, and more, "Twelve Angry Men" analyzes a sad reality that still lives on in modern America.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So Where's All The Anger? March 25 2011
By Ink & Penner - Published on Amazon.com
A mis-characterized book title gives the impression we'll find unbridled personal fire and brimstone regarding the practice of police profiling. However, each chapter, though interesting, is mostly a short, softball account of a black man's experience with biased cops who regularly claim they're "just doing their job." ~All happening while the angry men were driving, while walking the neighborhood or frequenting some place of business. Chapter-by-chapter, the repetition is evident; and the cool, calm tones suggest heavy editing, limiting the editors' overall direction and purpose.

Few can deny that racial profiling exists. ~And this book underlines it for us: racial profiling exists...as described first-hand by some high-rent lawyers, university professors and reporters. ~But this reader might have been more informed if the breakdown included a few from the black middle-class and the black unemployed. How about ordinary neighborhood folks? ~Maybe a couple of voices from "the projects"?

Perhaps the editors' pre-book plans intentionally zeroed-in on the well-dressed, well-educated blacks...helping us to conclude that Color makes the difference, especially on the street --the only difference. At that, the only thing we glean from this weak surface compilation is (for sure): racial profiling exists. ~Unfortunately, there's not much more than that here. On a topic so culturally significant, the book might have taken us much, much deeper. [Did I see a short Renaissance poem in one of the selections? How "raindrops and rosy" need it get?]

Not the fault of the "12 Angry Men" themselves by any stretch, these twelve (actually not-so-angry men in print) give us little insight beyond the sketchy details of their up-close experiences with clear racial bias. Even the few "F-bombs" here and there do not make the accounts more compelling, realistic or believable. Here's a simplistic, overly-quick read, narrowed by its own soft focus.

~Not very rigorous, mostly conversational. ~Not at all what I expected....
4.0 out of 5 stars The Color Line ... March 26 2013
By Norman A. Pattis - Published on Amazon.com
... continues to separate and divide. This is particularly clear in the context of policing, where being a black male is presumptive evidence of the need for "just a closer look."

In this short collection of essays, twelve black men describe what they have endured at the hands of police officers, and what it feels to be a suspect merely by virtue of one's skin color.

The book did not surprise, but it was a useful reminder that the promise of equal protection of the law remains elusive and must be worked for one day at a time. I wish every federal judge in the United States were required to read this work before issuing a ruling on routine cases of police misconduct. Bad policing is as disruptive to community well-being as a riot.

Well edited, and concise, I recommend this book to anyone working in civil rights, or, for that matter, law enforcement.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 8 2014
By Pearl Manns - Published on Amazon.com
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Telling Aug. 6 2013
By Bronsky Bryant - Published on Amazon.com
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Growing up in Alabama and living a good amount of my adult life in Mississippi, I have encountered some of the same experiences. This book let's you know that you are not paranoid.

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