How Have the Black Lives Matter Protests Changed America?
From the New Books Network's Book of the Day Podcast
In Hands Up, Don’t Shoot (NYU Press), Jennifer Cobbina draws on in-depth interviews with nearly two hundred residents of Ferguson and Baltimore, conducted within two months of the deaths of 18-year-old Michael Brown and 25-year-old Freddie Gray. Out of these local tragedies, a national movement was born, igniting fierce debate and calling attention to the systemic inequities of the American criminal justice system.
But beyond Ferguson and Baltimore becoming the focus of national attention, how do local protestors make sense of their own experiences with race, place, and policing? And how has the product of their pain and anger—the Black Lives Matter movement—changed the country? Criminal justice scholar Cobbina investigates in this expansive, remarkable book.
Jennifer E. Cobbina is Associate Professor in the School of Criminal Justice at Michigan State University.
Dr. Christina Gessler’s background is in American women’s history, and literature. She specializes in the diaries written by rural women in the 19th century. In seeking the extraordinary in the ordinary, Gessler writes the histories of largely unknown women, poems about small relatable moments, and takes many, many photos in nature.