From Pulitzer Prize finalist Elliott Currie comes an exploration of the extreme levels of violence afflicting Black communities, and a blueprint for addressing the crisis. A Peculiar Indifference describes the dimensions and consequences of this enduring emergency, explains its causes, and offers an urgent plea for long-overdue social action to end it.
... after finishing Elliott Currie’s A Peculiar Indifference: The Neglected Toll of Violence on Black America a smart, timely, deeply disturbing and essential book by a veteran scholar and leading expert on the criminal legal system, I realized that the details of every precious life harmed or lost this summer reveal a bigger truth about the nation ... Currie’s book is the first comprehensive study to present a meta-analysis of peer-reviewed research — a study of studies — showing how anti-Black racism in the form of state and private violence upholds 'an essentially exploitative and discriminatory social order.'
A deep exploration of why Black Americans are disproportionately impacted by violence and what can be done about it ... Criminologist Currie documents our 'national failure' to take action and address the root causes of the violence in Black communities ... Currie’s book paints a heartbreaking picture, but it also makes an urgent case for bold measures to turn the tide in Black communities. A damning examination of violence in Black America and a call for intervention that is long overdue.
Criminologist Currie (The Roots of Danger) laments the lack of attention paid to disproportionately high rates of violent death and injury among African Americans in this disturbing evidence-based account ... Though sincere and persuasive in his efforts to document and explain the challenges faced by urban Black Americans, Currie’s suggestions for reform, including stricter gun control and a rethinking of incarceration, are well-worn. Still, this is an informative and well-intentioned overview of an ongoing crisis in America.