N*gga Theory: Race, Language, Unequal Justice, and the Law

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Los Angeles Review of Books
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6.1 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.88 pounds

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"Jody Armour's new book is a timely and forceful contribution to the criminal justice reform movement combining legal research and reasoning with critical race theory into a radical and urgent demand for reevaluating this country's commitment to draconian punishment.

Armour makes a frontal assault on false moral equivalencies, mass incarceration, and calls into question virtually every aspect of the criminal justice system. Provocative prose and rigorous research, radical race theory and rethinking blame and punishment, this book is a must read for anyone interested in understanding and dismantling mass incarceration."
--Chesa Boudin, District Attorney of San Francisco

"When Jody Armour invited me to write the foreword, his brilliance, commitment, and deep love for our people took precedent over my own discomfort with the N-word. His work has challenged me to be deeply introspective, to grapple with my identity, my beliefs, and my outward praxis. It has forced me to question and to grow. This volume is not about the word, but about the imposed dichotomy between 'black people' and 'n*****s.' It is about the strategic and ethical decision to align with n****s, especially when we have the option to be seen as 'good Negroes'."
"N*gga Theory is a provocation, a poem, a lyric urging racial solidarity with every body caged in the American penal state, even or especially those classified as 'violent offenders.' Through riveting personal narrative and rigorous interdisciplinary research, Jody Armour gives us the transgressive penal theory necessary in this racially troubled era."
"Real change like he calls for in N*gga Theory will happen only when we all get a lot more uncomfortable with the true state of our legal and carceral systems."
"This is not beach reading. After three decades of judging, I'm ready to go back to law school and take Professor Armour's classes."
"This critical and timely work, and the important personal and professional experience Professor Armour brings to it, is invaluable as we look to build a new paradigm that recognizes the humanity of every individual, regardless of wrongdoing. It is this starting point that will promote a truly just system that heals people and communities."
"As a chief prosecutor, Jody pushes us to accept that the time has come to repair the broken criminal justice system and undo the harm caused to communities by ending the cycle of over-policing and over-incarceration that has destroyed communities. Prosecutors can be a force for good, for reform, for dismantling this system of racial injustice and mass incarceration. Justice is making sure that we treat people fairly within our criminal justice system, that we have one standard of justice regardless of creed or color or sexual orientation, that we recognize the flaws in our criminal justice system and try to correct them and, that we stay the course to right the wrongs of the past to create a justice system that we all believe in. Jody's narrative shines a light on these issues and reminds us all that when we invest in people -- as mothers, daughters, husbands, brothers, and fathers -- we can help them thrive and create safer and healthier communities for everyone."
"N*gga Theory explores and applies the transformative practice of radical empathy with the most demonized members of society to guide us out of the current morass of mass imprisonment and racial oppression, and forward into a more just society."
"Jody's masterpiece should be a mandatory read for every police leader"
"N*gga Theory demands moral consistency that has been lacking in popular and academic narratives of mass incarceration."
"This book is revolutionary."
"A battle cry to unite African Americans divided by class"
"A powerful exploration of race, class, and justice, particularly criminal justice, in today's America."
"N* Theory is movement, N* Theory is Jody, N* Theory is a Twitter handle, N* Theory is what Jody shares with us and lives and then, of course, it's the book. It's a spectacular exploration of concepts in both tort and criminal law mixed with reality."