With the eloquence of Ta-Nehisi Coates and the persuasive research of Michelle Alexander, a former federal prosecutor explains how the system really works, and how to disrupt it.
"It's hard to put into words how strong Chokehold is. Most of the scholarship on Race never touches on what Racism really is. That Butler, a Georgetown University Prof. of Law, completely understands how Racism/White Supremacy works and is willing to write about it and discuss it in all of its complex forms is absolutely amazing.
"When I write 'complex forms,' I mean Butler goes real deep, he gets why Black people don't understand the way Whites vote the way they do. Butler gets why the police do what they do and have always done, plus he embraces controversial solutions to the Number One Problem facing America, its the same problem WEB Dubois wrote about in The Souls of Black Folk.
"The introduction alone is a major breakthrough in scholarship and thought. No taking us back 950 thousand years ago to explain the problems of today. Butler wants much more, he wants what Michelle Alexander got with The New Jim Crow, a national discussion on race and Butler wants to open your mind and offer a way forward. The extraordinary solutions near the end are breathtaking, The courage it took to write those last two chapters is amazing.
"Butler writes: 'If the police patrolled white communities with the same violence that they patrol poor black neighborhoods, there would be a revolution. The purpose of this book is to inspire the same outrage about what the police do to African Americans, and the same revolution in response.
"EsoWon can't recommend this book enough."
––James Fugate, EsoWon Books, Los Angeles