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The American criminal justice system is often seen as a living, breathing monstrosity that devours people of color. The Guardian conducted a startling, provocative interview with Paul Butler, a criminal prosecutor who just released his second book, Chokehold: Policing Black Men, which is described as “a renegade prosecutor’s radical thoughts on how to disrupt the system.” In…

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Traditionally, African American men have not fared well in the United States when it comes to longevity. As a group, we are at the top of proportions of death by race and gender for all major acute and chronic illnesses and conditions, from homicide and cardiovascular disease to HIV/AIDS and cancer. Although studies on health…

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Thus far, in the New World, African Americans have been able to survive the voyage during the Middle Passage, slavery, lynchings, Jim Crow and second-class citizenship in America. Although, on the surface, the appearance of change in the form of open acceptance and material gain is projected, this may not actually be the case for African American men. Historically,…

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The number of African American men who are incarcerated now exceeds the number that was enslaved in 1850, despite historic lows in crimes. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, shared with an audience at the Pasadena branch of the American Civil Liberties Union, “more African-American men…

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