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Race, Culture, Psychology, and Law is the only book to provide summaries and analyses of culturally competent psychological and social services encountered within the U.S. legal arena. The book is broad in scope and covers the knowledge and practice crucial in providing comprehensive services to ethnic, racial, and cultural minorities. Topics include the importance of race relations, psychological testing and evaluation, racial “profiling,” disparities in death penalty conviction, immigration and domestic violence, asylum seekers, deportations and civil rights, juvenile justice, cross-cultural lawyering, and cultural competency in the administration of justice.
Chapter 6: Trials and Tribulations of African Americans in the Courtroom: Refuting the Myths
Trials and Tribulations of African Americans in the Courtroom: Refuting the Myths
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 ...