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Uncontrollable BlacknessAfrican American Men and Criminality in Jim Crow New York$
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Douglas J. Flowe

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469655734

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469655734.001.0001

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No Sunshine in the City

No Sunshine in the City

Crime, Control, and the Cauldron of Public Space

(p.26) Chapter 1 No Sunshine in the City
Uncontrollable Blackness

Douglas J. Flowe

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 1 addresses the ways Jim Crow social and economic customs and policing impacted the way African Americans used public space. By looking at work and housing discrimination and the fact that white and black working-class New Yorkers often lived close together, the chapter argues that public space was precarious, conflicts ignited frequently, and blacks needed to be inventive to survive. The chapter also charts how blacks protested, and sometimes fought back, against hostile neighbors, unfair policing, and police brutality.

Keywords:   Public space, Housing discrimination, Racial violence, Protest, Police brutality

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