The Black and the Blue

The Black and the Blue

A Cop Reveals the Crimes, Racism, and Injustice in America's Law Enforcement

CNN law enforcement contributor Matthew Horace offers an unforgettable account of the racism, crimes, and colorlines that permeate America’s law enforcement, and lays out a means for change.

Matthew Horace was an officer at the federal, state, and local level for 28 years working in every state in the country. Yet it was after seven years of service when Horace found himself face-down on the ground with a gun pointed at his head by a white fellow officer, that he fully understood the racism seething within America’s police departments.

Using gut-wrenching reportage, on-the-ground research, and personal accounts garnered by interviews with police and government officials around the country, Horace presents an insider’s examination of police tactics, which he concludes is an “archaic system” built on “toxic brotherhood.” Horace dissects some of the nation’s most highly publicized police shootings and communities highlighted in the Black Lives Matter movement and beyond to explain how these systems and tactics have had detrimental outcomes to the people they serve. Horace provides fresh analysis on communities experiencing the high killing and imprisonment rates due to racist policing such as Ferguson, New Orleans, Baltimore, and Chicago from a law enforcement point of view and uncovers what has sown the seeds of violence.

Timely and provocative, The Black and The Blue sheds light on what truly goes on behind the blue line.
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Genre: Nonfiction / Biography & Autobiography / Law Enforcement

On Sale: August 7th 2018

Price: $27

Page Count: 256

ISBN-13: 9780316440080

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Praise

Advance praise for The Black and the Blue:
"Insightful, honest, and probing, The Black and the Blue is as thoughtful a book as has been published on American policing in recent years. Drawing on years of experience as an officer-and even more years of experience as a black man-Matthew Horace has written a book that everyone should read."
Wesley Lowery, author of the New York Times bestseller They Can't Kill Us All
"Raw and riveting! Matthew Horace's storytelling is a gift to America. With an insider's perspective-both as a cop and as a black man-Horace brings nuance and complexity to the policing issues on the front lines of U.S. racial tensions. A must-read for anyone wanting to better understand the policing-race relationship."
Debby Irving, author of Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race
"Matthew Horace's fabulous book has enlightened me to understand that many African American officers are treated as unjustly as I am as a black man. The Black and the Blue is a powerful and courageous truth telling, and a must read for all of us who want criminal justice change-and not reform. The Black and the Blue is a clear statement of how white supremacy controls what is believed to be justice in America."—Flores A. Forbes, American Book Award-winning author of Invisible Men and Will You Die With Me?
"Compelling. A critical look into law enforcement and the plethora of problems that exist within America's criminal justice system. The Black and Blue is full of hard truths-- truths that every American needs to hear, if we ever really want to consider reform. Horace is an informed, intelligent and extremely measured journalist. The Black and Blue is both well written and researched, I highly recommend."—D. Watkins, New York Times bestselling author of The Beast Side and The Cook Up
"Matthew Horace provides a no-holds-barred, insider's account of the conscious, unconscious, and institutional racism that continues to be a cancer in many police departments, resulting in explosive incidents [and] the deaths of both innocent citizens and law enforcement officers alike. [Horace] offers our police officers a better and smarter way to protect and serve all of our citizens, regardless of race, creed, or color."
Jeffrey Gardere, Ph.D., best known as “America’s Psychologist” on Good Morning America and The Real Housewives of Atlanta
"Horace has done an excellent job of weaving together his personal experiences as a law enforcement officer [and] the experiences of African Americans with the police....This book should be read by police officers and used in criminal justice courses."
Elsie L. Scott, Ph.D., Director of the Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center, Howard University
"We love [Matt Horace] because he always brings a strong point of view."—Chris Cuomo, CNN's New Day Anchor
"Matthew Horace is incredible! He's dynamic, thoughtful and always right on point!"—Nancy Grace, HLN Nancy Grace Show