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"A MUST-READ FOR ANYONE INTERESTED IN UNDERSTANDING AND DISMANTLING MASS INCARCERATION." —Chesa Boudin, District Attorney of San Francisco
America's criminal justice system is among the deadliest and most racist in the world and it disproportionately targets Black Americans, who are also disproportionately poor, hungry, houseless, jobless, sick, and poorly educated.
By every metric of misery, this nation does not act like Black Lives Matter. In order to break out of the trap of racialized mass incarceration and relentless racial oppression, we, as a society, need to rethink our basic assumptions about blame and punishment, words and symbols, social perceptions and judgments, morality, politics, and the power of the performing arts.
N*gga Theory interrogates conventional assumptions and frames a transformational new way of thinking about law, language, moral judgments, politics, and transgressive art—especially profane genres like gangsta rap—and exposes where racial bias lives in the administration of justice and everyday life.
Professor Jody Armour (Negrophobia and Reasonable Racism) calls for bold action: electing progressive prosecutors, defunding or dismantling the police, abolition of the prison industrial complex.
But only after eradicating the anti-black bias buried in the hearts and minds of millions of Americans and baked into our legal system will we be able to say that Black Lives Matter in America.
“An explosive analysis of language and law…Jody Armour maps out a new form of solidarity”—Dr. Steven W. Thrasher, Daniel H. Renberg Chair of Social Justice in Reporting and Assistant Professor of Journalism
“This book is revolutionary.”—Matt Ferner, Editor-in-Chief at The Appeal
“A battle cry to unite African Americans divided by class”—Lara Bazelon, Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Juvenile Justice Clinic and The Racial Justice Clinic
“I applaud Jody’ Armour's heroism and bravery for illuminating the entrenched failures of the criminal justice system and its disproportionate impact on Black and Brown communities.”—Marilyn J. Mosby, Baltimore City State's Attorney
“After three decades of judging, I’m ready to go back to law school and take Professor Armour’s classes.”
— Justice Emily Jane Goodman, New York State Supreme Court (Ret.)
“A powerful exploration of race, class and justice, particularly criminal justice, in today’s America”—James F. McHugh, Former Associate Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court
“A call to uplift the human dignity of the individual”—Dan Satterberg, King County Prosecuting Attorney
“A confirmation and a revelation. N*gga Theory is a masterpiece.”—Kate Chatfield, Senior Advisor for Legislation and Policy at The Justice Collaborative
“Critical and timely work”—Miriam Aroni Krinsky, Founder and Executive Director of Fair and Just Prosecution
“N*gga Theory is a provocation, a poem, a lyric urging racial solidarity with every body caged in the American penal state.”—Professor Aya Gruber, author of The Feminist War on Crime
“A powerful call for solidarity with the most socially marginalized members of our society: violent African American criminals”—Eric J. Miller, Professor of Law and Leo J. O’Brien Fellow at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
“A must read for anyone interested in understanding and dismantling mass incarceration.”—Chesa Boudin, District Attorney of San Francisco
“N*gga Theory demands moral consistency that has been lacking in popular and academic narratives of mass incarceration.”—Abraham Gutman, Opinion Writer at The Philadelphia Inquirer