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Author Bristow, Nancy K., 1958- author.

Title Steeped in the blood of racism : Black power, law and order, and the 1970 shootings at Jackson State College / Nancy K. Bristow
Published New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]
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Description 1 online resource (xiv, 299 pages)
Contents Introduction. "Everybody knows about Mississippi goddam" : the shootings of May 15, 1970 -- "A well conceived scheme to maintain racial segregation" : Jackson State College and the struggle for freedom -- "Wake up brothers and sisters" : civil rights, black power, and a changing campus -- "Buckshot, rifle slugs, a submachine gun" : the shootings at Jackson State College -- "They killed a bunch of black kids" : the struggles over the aftermath -- "The law says they can do it, and they did it" : the civil suit and the power of the law and order perspective -- "Largely unknown to the public" : race, law and order, and the struggle over memory -- Conclusion. "It was not a story to pass on" : the ongoing trauma of state violence
Summary "This book recounts the death of two young African Americans, Phillip Gibbs and James Earl Green and the wounding of twelve others caused when white police and highway patrolmen opened fire on students in front of a women's dormitory at Jackson State College, a historically black college (HBCU) in May, 1970. It situates this story in the broader events of the civil rights and black power eras, emphasizing the role white supremacy played in causing the police violence and shaping their aftermath. A state school controlled by an all-white Board of Trustees, Jackson State had a reputation as a conservative campus where students faced expulsion for activism. By 1970, students were pushing back, responding to the evolving movement for African American freedom. It was this changing campus that law enforcement attacked, reflecting both traditional patterns of repression and the new logic and racially coded rhetoric of "law and order." In the aftermath, the victims and their survivors struggled unsuccessfully to find justice or a place in the nation's public memory. Despite multiple investigative commissions, two grand juries, and a civil suit, no officers were charged, no restitution was paid, and no apologies were offered. Overshadowed by the shooting of white students at Kent State University ten days earlier, the violence was routinely misunderstood as similar in cause, a story that evaded the essential role of race in causing it. Few besides the local African American community proved willing to remember. This book provides crucial history for understanding the ongoing crisis of state violence against people of color"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Description based on online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on April 22, 2020)
Subject Jackson State College -- History.
Jackson State College.
African Americans -- Civil rights -- Mississippi -- Jackson
Black power -- Mississippi -- Jackson
Jackson State College Shootings, Jackson, Mississippi, 1970
Murder -- Mississippi -- Jackson -- History -- 20th century
Police shootings -- Mississippi -- Jackson -- History -- 20th century
Riots -- Mississippi -- Jackson -- History -- 20th century
Student movements -- Mississippi -- Jackson -- History -- 20th century
African Americans -- Civil rights.
Black power.
Police shootings.
Race relations.
Student movements.
Jackson (Miss.) -- Race relations
Mississippi -- Jackson.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2019039308
ISBN 0190092092