1st Edition

Violence Against Black Bodies An Intersectional Analysis of How Black Lives Continue to Matter

    306 Pages
    by Routledge

    306 Pages
    by Routledge

    Violence Against Black Bodies argues that black deaths at the hands of police are just one form of violence that black and brown people face daily in the western world. Through the voices of scholars from different academic disciplines, this book gives readers an opportunity to put the cases together and see that violent deaths in police custody are just one tentacle of the racial order—a hierarchy which is designed to produce trauma and discrimination according to one’s perceived race and ethnicity.



    Sandra E. Weissinger, Dwayne A. Mack, and Elwood Watson

    PART I

    There is No Time for Despair: (Re) Working the Racial Order

    1 The Fires of Racial Discontent are Burning! Intensely!

    Elwood Watson

    2 Rage and Activism: The Promise of Black Lives Matter

    Deborah J. Cohan

    3 Racialized Homophobic and Transphobic Violence

    Kathleen Fitzgerald


    The Space of trauma: Violence to the Psyche, Body, and Home

    4 When No Place is Safe: Violence Against Black Youth

    Sandra E. Weissinger and Venessa A. Brown

    5 Death by Residential Segregation and the Post-Racial Myth

    Lori Latrice Martin, Kenneth Fasching-Varner, and Tifanie Pulley

    6 Vigilant Vagrants: The Turbulent Tale of the Queer Black Man

    Maurice Davis


    Media Fallacies: Stereotypes and Other Obliterations of Black Realities

    7 The Revelatory Racial Politics of The Sopranos: Black and Brown Bodies and Storylines as

    Props and Backdrop in the Normalization of Whiteness

    Jessica Maucione

    8 From Mammy to Black-ish: The Perceived Evolution of the Black American Typecast

    Kelle Neal

    9 For the World to See: Bestiality Against Black Bodies and the Deleterious Effects of

    Predisposed Media Disclosure

    Cedric. D. Hackett

    10 It’s "Young Black Kids Doing It": Biased Media Portrayals of the Deviant in Britain?

    Monia O’Brien Castro


    Stone Walls: The Invisible Hand of Institutional Racism

    11 "The Multicultural Dilemma": Ignoring Racism in the Works of James Howard Kunstler

    Michael Potts

    12 Callous Cruelty: The School-to-Prison Pipeline as Violence Against Black and Brown


    Elyshia Aseltine

    13 Blood at the Root: The False Equivalency of External and Internal Violence Against Blacks

    in Obama’s America

    Kareem Muhammad

    14 Trigger Happy Policing: Racialized Violence against Black Bodies in Academic Spaces

    Dwayne A. Mack and Felicia W. Mack

    Contributor Biographies


    Sandra E. Weissinger is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville. She has recently contributed chapters to Race, Class & Gender: An Anthology (Cengage, 2016), Beginning a Career in Academia: A Guide for Graduate Students of Color (Routledge, 2015), and Research Justice: Methodologies for Social Change (Policy Press/University of Chicago, 2015).

    Dwayne A. Mack is Associate Professor of History at Berea College. He is the lead editor of Beginning a Career in Academia: A Guide for Graduate Students of Color (Routledge, 2015), Mentoring Faculty of Color: Essays on Professional Advancement in Colleges and Universities (McFarland Publishers, 2013), and author of Black Spokane: The Civil Rights Struggle in the Inland Northwest (University of Oklahoma Press, 2014).

    Elwood Watson is Professor of History and African American Studies at East Tennessee State University. He is the editor and co-editor of several volumes including Generation Speaks: Voices from Academia (Scarecrow Press, 2013), Beginning a Career in Academia: A Guide for Graduate Students of Color (Routledge, 2015), and The Oprah Phenomenon (University of Kentucky Press, 2007). His most recent authored book is Performing American Masculinity: The Twenty First Century Man in Popular Culture (Indiana University Press, 2011).