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Justice for KidsKeeping Kids Out of the Juvenile Justice System$
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Nancy E. Dowd

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780814721377

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814721377.001.0001

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The Black Nationalist Cure to Disproportionate Minority Contact

The Black Nationalist Cure to Disproportionate Minority Contact

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(p.135) 6 The Black Nationalist Cure to Disproportionate Minority Contact
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Justice for Kids
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Kenneth B. Nunn

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9780814721377.003.0006

This chapter examines the pervasive pattern of disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in the existing juvenile justice system, suggesting that its origin can be traced to the oppressed status of African American communities within America's broader social/political/economic construct. As a result, African American children (and other communities of color with similar issues) are more likely to become involved with the juvenile justice system, are treated more harshly, and are more likely to end up in the deep end of the system. Because the juvenile justice system is itself a societal construct, it is structured—and functions—as a mechanism of social and political oppression. The chapter considers the Black nationalist norm of cultural autonomy and argues that this norm must be embraced in order to promote empowered communities that resist oppression and would reduce minority contacts with the juvenile justice system.

Keywords:   disproportionate minority contact, juvenile justice system, African American children, juvenile justice, oppression, cultural autonomy

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