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"The Condemnation of Blackness" - Khalil Gibran Muhammad Book Talk, May 6 2015

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Presented as part of John Jay College's Spring 2015 Research Book Talks series: http://on.fb.me/1Dsrkvl Find the book here: http://bit.ly/1vPlGfV Khalil Gibran Muhammad is the director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library. A native of Chicago, he received his PhD in American History from Rutgers University, after which he spent seven years on the faculty of Indiana University. Muhammad recently served on the National Academy of Sciences committee to study the causes and consequences of high rates of incarceration, and is currently working on his second book, Disappearing Acts: The End of White Criminality in the Age of Jim Crow. The idea of black criminality was crucial to the making of modern urban America, as were African Americans’ own ideas about race and crime. Chronicling the emergence of deeply embedded notions of black people as a dangerous race of criminals by explicit contrast to working-class whites and European immigrants, "The Condemnation of Blackness" reveals the influence such ideas have had on urban development and social policies.