Paul Butler, his new book, "Chokehold," and Adam Foss.

Credit: Photos courtesy of Paul Butler and Sadie Barnette.

'Chokehold' Examines The Stifling Of Black Men By America's Criminal-Justice System

October 6, 2017

A chokehold is defined as a grappling hold that critically reduces or prevents either air or blood from passing through the neck. Author, professor and former prosecutor Paul Butler says this term -- "chokehold" -- is also representative of the oppressive and strangulating American criminal-justice system and its treatment of black men. With such notions in place, how can society begin to move away from its learned fear of black men and a law-enforcement system that actively works against black men? Professor Butler and former prosecutor and criminal-justice activist Adam Foss discuss this deep-rooted bias against black men, how this discrimination has evolved over generations and throughout our country, and the true reasoning behind the #TakeAKnee protest movement in professional football.

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