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Punishing Racism: Youth Accounts of Racist and Anti-Racist Fights in California’s Juvenile Correctional Facilities

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Hate crime law in the U.S. relies on sentencing enhancements to punish racist crime, yet incarceration is easily one of the most racially structured settings in American life. Litigators and activists invoke structural racism to explain glaring racial disparities in the criminal justice system and the nature of juvenile punishment. Popular accounts of California juvenile correctional facilities describe endemic violence and tension along overlapping lines of gang affiliation and racial identity. This generates a paradox: incarceration is simultaneously punishment for racist crime, an instance of structural racism, and concentrated exposure to racist violence.

Thus, once incarcerated, how do youth talk about racism and their involvement in intergroup violence and conflict? Using data from interviews and observations with over 350 young men and women in California’s Juvenile Justice system, we ask how youth account for racism in their own lives. We explore youth accounts of racist and anti-racist violence, and the way that racism becomes a cover for more intimate motives. What can their accounts of racist violence - as victims, perpetrators, and observers - teach scholars of hate crime?
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Kang-Brown, Jacob. "Punishing Racism: Youth Accounts of Racist and Anti-Racist Fights in California’s Juvenile Correctional Facilities" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC, Nov 15, 2011 <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p517972_index.html>

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Kang-Brown, J. D. , 2011-11-15 "Punishing Racism: Youth Accounts of Racist and Anti-Racist Fights in California’s Juvenile Correctional Facilities" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Washington Hilton, Washington, DC <Not Available>. 2014-11-25 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p517972_index.html

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Abstract: Hate crime law in the U.S. relies on sentencing enhancements to punish racist crime, yet incarceration is easily one of the most racially structured settings in American life. Litigators and activists invoke structural racism to explain glaring racial disparities in the criminal justice system and the nature of juvenile punishment. Popular accounts of California juvenile correctional facilities describe endemic violence and tension along overlapping lines of gang affiliation and racial identity. This generates a paradox: incarceration is simultaneously punishment for racist crime, an instance of structural racism, and concentrated exposure to racist violence.

Thus, once incarcerated, how do youth talk about racism and their involvement in intergroup violence and conflict? Using data from interviews and observations with over 350 young men and women in California’s Juvenile Justice system, we ask how youth account for racism in their own lives. We explore youth accounts of racist and anti-racist violence, and the way that racism becomes a cover for more intimate motives. What can their accounts of racist violence - as victims, perpetrators, and observers - teach scholars of hate crime?


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