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May 16, 2000
| ISBN 9780767905497
Mar 10, 2010
| ISBN 9780307433367
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May 16, 2000 | ISBN 9780767905497
Mar 10, 2010 | ISBN 9780307433367
A practical handbook for people who want to be safe and do something.Racial profiling does happen. And while cases where victims find themselves looking down the barrel of a policeman’s gun make the six o’clock news, dozens of less extreme, yet troubling, examples occur every day. Cabs that whiz by only to be seen stopping for "safer"-looking people just up the block; being asked for multiple pieces of identification when making purchases with credit cards; being followed around a department store by salespeople and security while never being asked if they need any assistance; being detained for hours and extensively searched in an airport or train station–Driving While Black clearly defines the system officially known as CARD (class, age, race, dress) and offers advice about how to handle potentially life-threatening situations with the police, as well as recourse for readers who suspect their civil rights have been denied due to racial profiling.A book written to save lives, Driving While Black is not just for people of color, but for anyone who likes to wear a baseball cap, baggy jeans, sneakers, and a tee shirt and finds they are often treated like a "suspect."
A journalist for more than a decade, Kenneth Meeks is now Managing Editor of Black Enterprise magazine. He lives in New York City with his wife and two children.
"From the front seat of a police cruiser, racial profiling is not racism. It’s a tool–and cops have no intention of giving it up."—The New York Times Magazine
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