'I worked as a prosecutor. Then I was arrested. The experience made a man out of me. It made a black man out of me'

Friday, August 11, 2017
  • Paul Butler’s book “Chokehold: Policing Black Men” argues that the US criminal justice system is institutionally constructed to control African American men. It explores and exposes the racial profiling most African-American men are subjected to in society. 
  • The term “chokehold” is used euphemistically by Butler to describe the pervasive “chokehold” over black men that can be observed in numerous social and political arenas. 
  • The criminal justice system harms black men. “The prison experiment has been a failure. We need to start being creative about other ways to do what we think prison does”