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Condemnation of Little B

Condemnation of Little B - 02 edition

Condemnation of Little B - 02 edition

ISBN13: 9780807009741

ISBN10: 0807009741

Condemnation of Little B by Elaine Brown - ISBN 9780807009741
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Beacon Press, Inc.
Published: 2002
International: No
Condemnation of Little B by Elaine Brown - ISBN 9780807009741

ISBN13: 9780807009741

ISBN10: 0807009741

Edition: 02

Summary

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.

Author Bio

In 1974, Elaine Brown became chairman of the Black Panther Party. The first woman to ever head a paramilitary organization in America, she ran for public office and traveled to North Korea, Vietnam, China, Russia, and Cuba. She studied classical music at the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and has recorded two albums of original songs for Motown. Her autobiography, A Taste of Power, is currently being developed by Suzanne de Passe as an HBO movie. She lectures at colleges and universities across America and currently lives in Atlanta, where she serves on the executive board of Mothers Advocating Juvenile Justice and is planning development of a model school for black and other poor children

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