Ground Breaking New Book Confronts the Deadly Impact of Racial Stereotyping
Five years earlier, NBC News anchor Brian Williams fed another popular stereotype about Blacks when he likely blatantly lied about being terrorized by gangs in New Orleans during the Hurricane Katrina debacle in 2005. Two men, two places, two different times, but the same popular stereotypes about Blacks
In his new book, Why Black Lives Do Matter, noted political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson, takes a laser look at the history of, and continuing propagation, of gross racial typecasting and stereotypes, that have made African-Americans the perennial target of racial and police violence. The book is sweeping in scope, precise in focus, and even hits harder on the same devastating racial stereotypes of Blacks that he examined almost a quarter century earlier in his important work, The Assassination of the Black Male Image. Hutchinson, for instance, notes in a chapter on the refusal to call white's who shoot, bomb, and maim "domestic terrorists,"
Hutchinson probes deeply how racial typecasting continues to fuel the widespread public belief that Blacks are victimizers and not victims. This has stifled public debate and enabled political inaction, if not outright resistance, to meaningful solutions to the problem of racial victimization in American society. He observes that this too has deadly consequences:
The devaluation of Black lives has truly been a chronic, painful, and all-consuming American dilemma that screams for an end. In his small way Hutchinson, aims that, Why Black Lives Do Matter attempts to further that aim.