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Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment By Michael Javen Fortner,

  • Title: Black Silent Majority: The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment
  • Author: Michael Javen Fortner
  • ISBN: 9780674743991
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Often seen as a political sop to the racial fears of white voters, aggressive policing and draconian sentencing for illegal drug possession and related crimes have led to the imprisonment of millions of African Americans far in excess of their representation in the population as a whole Michael Javen Fortner shows in this eye opening account that these punitive policies aOften seen as a political sop to the racial fears of white voters, aggressive policing and draconian sentencing for illegal drug possession and related crimes have led to the imprisonment of millions of African Americans far in excess of their representation in the population as a whole Michael Javen Fortner shows in this eye opening account that these punitive policies also enjoyed the support of many working class and middle class blacks, who were angry about decline and disorder in their communities Black Silent Majority uncovers the role African Americans played in creating today s system of mass incarceration.Current anti drug policies are based on a set of controversial laws first adopted in New York in the early 1970s and championed by the state s Republican governor, Nelson Rockefeller Fortner traces how many blacks in New York came to believe that the rehabilitation focused liberal policies of the 1960s had failed Faced with economic malaise and rising rates of addiction and crime, they blamed addicts and pushers By 1973, the outcry from grassroots activists and civic leaders in Harlem calling for drastic measures presented Rockefeller with a welcome opportunity to crack down on crime and boost his political career New York became the first state to mandate long prison sentences for selling or possessing narcotics.Black Silent Majority lays bare the tangled roots of a pernicious system America s drug policies, while in part a manifestation of the conservative movement, are also a product of black America s confrontation with crime and chaos in its own neighborhoods.
    Black Silent Majority The Rockefeller Drug Laws and the Politics of Punishment Often seen as a political sop to the racial fears of white voters aggressive policing and draconian sentencing for illegal drug possession and related crimes have led to the imprisonment of millions

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    1. It is one of the great paradoxes of U.S history that, on the very heels of the Civil Rights movement, the Black community in the US found itself captured by the modern carceral state How is it, scholars ask, that empowerment could be so quickly followed by disenfranchisement Most current theories point to racial tension, economic forces, or some combination of the two to explain this seeming paradox Fortner, however, takes a different view.In Black Silent Majority, Fortner has examined the ways [...]

    2. A rare book that actually has something original to say about the ongoing tragedy of black white relations in America The story begins in 1940s Harlem when a genuine achievement is underway the development of a black middle class with minimal government involvement It ends in the Harlem of the 1970s when that same class inadvertently contributed to the draconian drug laws that some are now calling a new Jim Crow It is a shame that the black intelligentsia are threatened by Fortner s ideas read D [...]

    3. To understand the evolution of the indigenous framing of Harlem s drug trade, it is important to juxtapose this cautious optimism with the seemingly inexplicable rise in drug addiction and trafficking Because of the political and economic achievements of the 1940s and 1950s, the force of the white gaze began to wane, and material interests and class based values started to define how Harlemites understood black criminality Because of improved social and political conditions, some were less likel [...]

    4. The Silent majority is a book that expresses the voice of a Black community in Harlem that became distressed due to high occurrences of crime In the mid twentieth century, media outlets chose to shine attention on Black leaders, such as Stokely Carmichael and Malcolm X, and drown out the voices of the every day working class Black person living in these conditions Drug addicts, drug dealers, robbers and rapists were running amok in Harlem,NY and many Middle Class Blacks were becoming fed up The [...]

    5. Very interesting topic, but alas the book wasn t as good as I had hoped It s definitely thoroughly researched, but the writing is dryThe writer is not a great storyteller and that s a shame, because the topic and the material certainly could have resulted in some gripping stories And the looooong paragraphs, small type font and crammed pages didn t help either Too bad.

    6. Interesting premisee responsibility for the drug war and the disproportionate incarceration of minorities specifically black males lies w many different groups It s a history book so it s semi dense but thought provoking.

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