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The Condemnation Of Blackness

Renee Bright

As Black Lives Matter protesters continue to march throughout the country demanding changes to our police forces, we look back at history and ask: How did racial discrimination within our police forces start? 

In his book, The Condemnation of Blackness, historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad examines the history of blackness in the U.S., focusing particularly on the history of the Northern states in the years after the Emancipation Proclamation, where Black men were, and continue to be, incarcerated and killed by police officers at higher rates than White men. For many Whites – conservatives and liberals alike – Black incarceration was proof of Black inferiority. Why else in the land of opportunity would these men fail? Dr. Muhammad looks at how these ideas have shaped our social policies, cities and country.

Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad’s book is The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America.[IndieBound|Amazon|Audible]

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.