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Published by the American Bar Association (ABA), Ferguson's Fault Lines examines race-related issues and incidents, and how we can recognize and respond to them.
In almost every highly publicized case of police using deadly force and killing unarmed individuals, the person killed was an African American male.
These incidents have caused dramatic erosion in public confidence in the justice system and America’s promise of equal treatment under the law. Minority communities need assurance that our justice system is fair and balanced and is for the protection of everyone. Solutions must be developed to sustain confidence in our judicial.
This book comes at a critical time in our nation. Change is necessary and begins at many levels, but it starts from within. Implicit bias is at the heart of our nation’s “School-to-Prison Pipeline.” First, we must recognize our own biases. We all have them. No one is exempt. The biggest challenge, however, is not to merely identify these biases.
The struggle is to figure out what we do once we recognize them. For those working in the justice system, from police to prosecutors and judges, and yes, even public defenders, the consequences have broad, far-reaching, and sometimes even fatal consequences.
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