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July 31, 2009

Recommended reading on race and criminal justice after the "beer summit"

In the wake of the so-called "beer summit"  — which probably has gotten so much attention because everyone is tired of thinking hard about hard issues like health care reform — here is a piece from SSRN that everyone should check out.  The piece by Ian Haney-Lopez is titled "Post-Racial Racism: Crime Control and Racial Stratification in the Age of Obama," and here is the abstract:

What does the 2008 election of Barack Obama to the United States presidency portend for race in America?  This Essay uses the tremendous racial disparities in the American crime control system to assess race and racism as key features of contemporary society.  The Essay begins by considering a compelling thesis that racialized mass incarceration stems from backlash to the civil rights movement.  If true, this raises the possibility that Obama’s election, potentially marking the end of backlash politics, also represents a likely turning point in the war on crime.

The Essay then reconsiders mass imprisonment from the perspective of “racial stratification,” a structural theory that emphasizes the simultaneous formation of racial categories and the misallocation of resources between races.  A stratification approach leaves one less sanguine about rapid change in American race relations, though without disparaging either the historic nature of Obama’s inauguration or the possibility of incremental improvements in racial justice. Reflecting the continued need to push for positive racial change, the Essay concludes by arguing morally and politically for a renewed focus on racism, in particular on “post-racial racism.”

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The sites of David Duke and of the KKK misuse statistics and other data to argue their hate speech agenda. This member of a crybaby minority does even bother to address real world data. He knows his hate speech ipse dixit will be accepted by the likes of Prof. Berman and other top lawyer academics. He even states, minorities have less police protection. He sees that as evidence of racism and the devaluation of the minority victim. He does not see the ruinous litigation by the race whore lawyer deterring the police from aggressive enforcement and protection.

He refuses to consider the racism of the lawyer profession, using minority criminal victimization rate disparities to generate lawyer jobs. Minorities benefited the most from sentencing guidelines and their subsequent drop in the crime rates. He has no criticism for the Blakely line of cases, and lawyer racism.

This is hate speech without even the misuse of statistics or data. It totally disrespects the intelligence of any reader with a sixth grade education. We are supposed to believe this false speech because he said so.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 31, 2009 5:13:45 PM

SC. Just out of curiosity I ran a portion of the essay through the Flesch-Kincaid readability test. According to that test the score is 14, which is about the level of a university junior. The Automated Readability Index produces a score of grade level 17, or that of a college graduate.

So once again, good job with the hyperbole. I actually thought you might be on the money for once.

Posted by: Daniel | Jul 31, 2009 9:27:50 PM

Technical talk may be at any level the authors wish. I have no desire to learn plumber or pilot talk. Could care less. Only care that the toilet gets fixed or that the plane land in my city.

The readability score applies to language that bosses and oppresses other people. Legal utterances should have a sixth grade level to avoid voiding or voidability. You may have placed your comment in the wrong posting, since this comment has nothing to do with readability, albeit a crucial subject to the victims of lawyer abuse.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jul 31, 2009 11:46:56 PM

[As a journalist I spotted the following on the web]


David Letterman's hate is as old as some ancient Hebrew prophets.
Speaking of anti-Semitism, it's Jerry Falwell and other fundy leaders who've gleefully predicted that in the future EVERY nation will be against Israel (an international first?) and that TWO-THIRDS of all Jews will be killed, right?
Wrong! It's the ancient Hebrew prophet Zechariah who predicted all this in the 13th and 14th chapters of his book! The last prophet, Malachi, explains the reason for this future Holocaust that'll outdo even Hitler's by stating that "Judah hath dealt treacherously" and "the Lord will cut off the man that doeth this" and asks "Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother?"
Haven't evangelicals generally been the best friends of Israel and persons perceived to be Jewish? Then please explain the recent filthy, hate-filled, back-stabbing tirades by David Letterman (and Sandra Bernhard and Kathy Griffin) against a leading evangelical named Sarah Palin, and explain why most Jewish leaders have seemingly condoned Palin's continuing "crucifixion"!
While David, Sandra, and Kathy are tragically turning comedy into tragedy, they are also helping to speed up and fulfill the Final Holocaust a la Zechariah and Malachi, thus helping to make the Bible even more believable!
(For even more stunning information, visit MSN, Google etc. and type in "Separation of Raunch and State," "Michael the Narc-Angel," "Bible Verses Obama Avoids," and "Hate Bill Favoritism.")

Posted by: Ben | Aug 5, 2009 1:32:35 AM

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