The rage of innocence : how America criminalizes Black youth / Kristin Henning.
- ISBN: 9781524748906
- ISBN: 1524748900
- Physical Description: xviii, 484 pages ; 25 cm
- Edition: First edition.
- Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, 
- Copyright: ©2021
|Bibliography, etc. Note:||
Includes bibliographical references (pages 349-464) and index.
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Introduction: Molotov cocktail or science experiment? -- American adolescence in black and white -- Toy guns, cell phones, and parties: criminalizing Black adolescent play -- Hoodies, headwraps, and hip-hop: criminalizing Black adolescent culture -- Raising "brutes" and "jezebels": criminalizing Black adolescent sexuality -- Policing identity: the politics of adolescence and Black identity development -- Cops in school -- Contempt of cop -- Policing by proxy -- Policing as trauma -- The dehumanization of Black youth: when the children aren't children anymore -- Things fall apart: Black families in an era of mass incarceration -- #BlackBoyJoy and #BlackGirlMagic: adolescent resilience and systems reform.
"Drawing upon 25 years of experience representing black youth in Washington D.C.'s juvenile court, Kris Henning confronts America's irrational, manufactured fears of Black youth and makes a powerfully compelling case that the crisis in racist American policing begins with its relationship to Black children. She explains how discriminatory and aggressive policing has socialized a generation of Black teenagers to fear, resent, and resist the police, and details the long-term consequences of racism and trauma Black youth experience at the hands of police and their vigilante surrogates. She makes clear that unlike white youth who are afforded the freedom to test boundaries, experiment with sex and drugs, and figure out who they are and want to be, Black youth are seen as a threat to white America and are denied healthy adolescent development. She examines the criminalization of Black adolescent play and sexuality, and of Black fashion, hair and music. She limns the effects of police presence in schools, and the depth of policing-induced trauma in Black adolescents. Especially in the wake of the recent unprecedented, worldwide outrage at racial injustice and inequality, The Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth is an essential book for our moment"-- Provided by publisher.
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