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Chapter 6: Trials and Tribulations of African Americans in the Courtroom: Refuting the Myths

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Trials and Tribulations of African Americans in the Courtroom: Refuting the Myths
Trials and tribulations of African Americans in the courtroom: Refuting the myths
RudolphAlexander Jr.Ohio State University

Many individuals—private citizens and public figures alike—endorse and support the mythic belief that America is a colorblind society. These supporters of a colorblind society often lament and criticize professionals who insist that racial discrimination currently exists in American institutions (D'Souza & Edley, 1996). Further, these supporters tend to reject the inclusion of racial and cultural considerations in the political and legal arenas (Kennedy, 1997), even though reports from the 2000 presidential election emerged that a significant number of African Americans in Florida were unfairly prevented from voting (Dahlburg, 2002; Holland, 2002; Lichtman, 2002). According to their viewpoint, the United ...

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