Fight the Power
African Americans and the Long History of Police Brutality in New York City
"A rigorous and unsettling discussion of decades of police brutality within New York City's communities of color. Taylor writes with an authoritative knowledge of his urban narrative and controlled prose that doesn't mask anguished urgency about the disturbing topic...An important social history."
"This well-researched, well-told book provides thoughtful context for the current American reckoning with police brutality. "
"The time is ripe for this kind of book; and this history delivers the most informed and reasonable voice to an unprecedented and eager public readership. I can hardly wait to teach this book in my lectures and seminars in African American, urban and ethnic history and public policy. The American reading public has been presented with a precious gift by Professor Clarence Taylor: Bravo!"
—Komozi Woodard, author of A Nation Within a Nation: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics
"Taylor provides an essential history of the now, showing how current struggles for racial justice have emerged out of a long history of police abuse, protest, and inadequate reforms."
—Alex Vitale, author of The End of Policing
"This timely and urgent account of the long reign of police terror inflicted on Black New Yorkers also tells a heroic and largely unheralded story of resistance. In fighting for justice, Black New Yorkers have sought a fundamental redefinition of policing. Clarence Taylor's book is needed now more than ever."
—Martha Biondi, author of To Stand and Fight: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Postwar New York City
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