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NCJ Number: 120434 Find in a Library
Title: Unholy Alliances: Working the Tawana Brawley Story
Author(s): M Taibbi; A Simms-Phillips
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 408
Sponsoring Agency: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Legal and Professional Publications
Gardena, CA 90248
Publication Number: ISBN 0-15-188050-6
Sale Source: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich Legal and Professional Publications
14415 South Main Street
Gardena, CA 90248
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Tawana Brawley, a black teenager in upstate New York, was raped and sodomized in November 1987, allegedly by a gang of white men, and left to die.
Abstract: Tawana was found covered with feces in a Hefty garbage bag. Her hair had been cut off, and racial epithets were written across her torso. She had reportedly been abducted, held captive, and raped repeatedly by a gang of white men. Within days, Tawana's case was taken up by black activists who issued pronouncements that the Brawley case would prove civil rights movement gains were a sham, that New York Governor Mario Cuomo was another Lester Maddox, that U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliano was linked to the Mafia, and that the Irish Republican Army and the Ku Klux Klan were implicated in the case. In detailing the case, the authors provide a close-up view of the "unholy alliances" regularly forged between the media and news subjects, examine the underside of the civil rights movement with its false prophets who fan the flames of racial conflict, and discuss the paralyzing effects of reverse racism on the criminal justice system.
Main Term(s): Racially motivated violence
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Statutory rape
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