- Author: Jill Leovy
- Title: Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
- Published: 2015
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- Jill Leovy examines one of the most disturbing facts about life in America:
- that African-American males are, as she puts it,
- “just 6 percent of the country’s population
- …but nearly 40 percent of those murdered.”
- This is a world that most journalists never cover
- …and most of America never sees.
- This book was researched and written in interval over 5 years.
- Los Angeles crime reporter Jill Levoy embedded herself in 2008
- ….in the 77th and Southwest squads LA.
- She shadowed homicide detectives.
- This is an impressive revelation about the
- …devastating true story of LA crime, race and intimidation.
- One of the detective heroes is John Skaggs.
- His working life was devoted to one end:
- making black lives expensive, and worth answering for.
- Leovy tries to penetrate the mystery of the disproportionate
- …black homicide with her stats and surveys of case outcomes.
- This book was an eye-opener.