Racial Reckoning : Prosecuting America?s Civil Rights Murders Paperback / softback
Few whites who violently resisted the civil rights struggle were charged with crimes in the 1950s and 1960s.
But the tide of a long-deferred justice began to change in 1994, when a Mississippi jury convicted Byron De La Beckwith for the 1963 murder of Medgar Evers.
Since then, more than one hundred murder cases have been reopened, resulting in more than a dozen trials.
But how much did these public trials contribute to a public reckoning with America's racist past?
Racial Reckoning investigates that question, along with the political pressures and cultural forces that compelled the legal system to revisit these decades-old crimes. "[A] timely and significant work...Romano brilliantly demystifies the false binary of villainous white men like Beckwith or Edgar Ray Killen who represent vestiges of a violent racial past with a more enlightened color-blind society...Considering the current partisan and racial divide over the prosecution of police shootings of unarmed black men, this book is a must-read for historians, legal analysts, and journalists interested in understanding the larger meanings of civil rights or racially explosive trials in America."--Chanelle Rose, American Historical Review
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 280 pages
- Publisher: Harvard University Press
- Publication Date: 26/05/2017
- Category: Humamities
- ISBN: 9780674976030