Jill Leovy
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
August 03, 2019 Comments.. 145
Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America Jill Leovy On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man was shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of hundreds of young men slain in LA every year His assailant ran down the street, jumped into an SUV, and vanished, hoping to join the vast majority of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes But as soon as the case wasOn a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles, a young man was shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home, one of hundreds of young men slain in LA every year His assailant ran down the street, jumped into an SUV, and vanished, hoping to join the vast majority of killers in American cities who are never arrested for their crimes But as soon as the case was assigned to Detective John Skaggs, the odds shifted Here is the kaleidoscopic story of the quintessential American murder one young black man slaying another and a determined crew of detectives whose creed was to pursue justice at all costs for its forgotten victims Ghettoside is a fast paced narrative of a devastating crime, an intimate portrait of detectives and a community bonded in tragedy, and a surprising new lens into the great subject of murder in America why it happens and how the plague of killings might yet be stopped.. Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America On a warm spring evening in South Los Angeles a young man was shot and killed on a sidewalk minutes away from his home one of hundreds of young men slain in LA every year His assailant ran down the
  • Title: Ghettoside: A True Story of Murder in America
  • Author: Jill Leovy
  • ISBN: 9780385529983
  • Page: 175
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. karen says:

      i grew up in a tiny village located in the smallest state in the u.s whose residents were mostly elderly transplanted french canadians it was a very docile environment from there, i went directly to nyc for college, and despite what the warriors or west side story may have taught youwe don t have a lot of gang activity around here not like in l.a anyway no one here hails cabs to perform drive byse bulk of my knowledge of west coast gang culture comes from rap music, the shield, and my poorly tho [...]

    2. Will Byrnes says:

      Like the schoolyard bully, our criminal justice system harasses people on small pretexts but is exposed as a coward before murder It hauls masses of black men through its machinery but fails to protect them from both bodily injury and death It is at once oppressive and inadequate This is a book about a very simple idea where the criminal justice system fails to respond vigorously to violent injury and death, homicide becomes endemic.There is a plague loose in the land A dark, long time resident [...]

    3. Kemper says:

      We love murder.Let me clarify that statement We love murder as entertainment when the victim is some poor innocent blonde woman that our hero detectives avenge with a little help from the geeks in the crime lab, and the whole thing is wrapped up in an hour Or about 45 minutes with commercials if it s on network television.This book is non fiction so it certainly doesn t have the appeal of a tidy TV solution, and it digs into the whole sociology of a community where murder is common and the polic [...]

    4. Petra X says:

      Good reason to read it superb writing The characters though are so hackneyed There is Supercop, the ordinary, world weary father of teenagers who just wants to do his best The police team who mostly don t care at all, it s only one Black shootin another The forensics guy who thinks he can do better than computers he can The victim a boy with a shining face full of the possibilities of life, bleeding to death on the pavement from a bullet in his head, I m so tired, he says, and dies Another victi [...]

    5. Paul Bryant says:

      If it s sadness you re after, we have it right here by the bucketful One 16 year old kid named Devin Davis on May 11 2007 walked round the corner from St Andrews Place onto 80th Street, Los Angeles, and closed his eyes and pointed a gun towards two other black kids One of the shots hit one of them in the head, an 18 year old named Bryant Tennelle, who was the son of an LA detective, and he died Bryant Tennelle Some time later Devin was questioned and confessed pretty quickly It turned out that h [...]

    6. Matt says:

      This is an important book Despite overall crime rates falling nationally, black homicide rates remain stubbornly high And this is only the most lethal of problems facing inner city neighborhoods Failing schools Concentrated poverty Mass incarceration All these things work together to create a world apart, known colloquially as the ghetto It s a touchy subject that touches on just about every third rail in American life To even begin a discussion you have to avoid getting tripped up on race, clas [...]

    7. Diane says:

      Wow This is an incredible book about murder in South Los Angeles Jill Leovy was on the police beat for the LA Times, and she spent 10 years following homicide detectives and reporting on different murder cases.Ghettoside goes in depth into one case in particular, the fatal shooting of 18 year old Bryant Tennelle, who was the son of an LA police detective You could say Bryant was killed because he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, or that he was killed because he was wearing the wrong col [...]

    8. Patrick Brown says:

      This is a masterpiece If this doesn t win the National Book Award and a ton of other awards, then literary awards are really and truly bankrupt I was a fan of Leovy s Homicide Blog the original name for The Homicide Report , in so far as someone can be a fan of a project to catalog every homicide in LA county Still, it felt like important work, and this book continues in its steps The point of the Homicide Report was to bring attention in whatever way possible to every homicide, regardless of ci [...]

    9. Joseph says:

      Ghettoside A True Story of Murder in America by Jill Leovy is a history and the study of a murder case in South Los Angeles Leovy is a crime reporter for the Los Angeles Times and the creator of The Homicide Report Ghettoside opens with the shooting death of Bryant Tennelle a young black man Tennelle death seems random as he had no gang affiliations He was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time In the city, especially the area south of I 10, hundreds of people are murdered in a typical year [...]

    10. Trudi says:

      This is not a perfect book In her passion for the subject and her glowing respect for LA Homicide Detective John Skaggs, Leovy s effusive praise can feel overstated, venturing into fangirl territory as if she were writing up an application essay to have Skaggs knighted or appointed to sainthood But I m going to cut her some slack since this book is extremely well researched, and powerfully presented Leovy has been embedded for years in the crime area she is writing about the infamous South Centr [...]

    11. Kelli says:

      Important Devastating Brilliant Compelling This book educates on the literal lack of reporting of murders occurring in South Central Los Angeles what t on the news at all and then brings every aspect of the neighborhoods, the police, the families, the victims, and the life cycle into the reporting to form a cohesive, well written book that asks the right questions and glimpses the possible answers The author shows compassion to the plight of the community and the dire need to break the cycle of [...]

    12. Snotchocheez says:

      When I saw that my friend Julie was reading this 2015 ARC with an iconic aerial view of a LAPD patrol car on the cover, it made me wonder, yet again, what the heck was going on back in the hood All reports I d heard regarding violent crime in the City of Angels since I left it a decade ago seemed to indicate that violent crime was on the rapid decline I pretty much had to see if Ms Leovy could provide added insight to refute what I d heard about the decline of murder and other violent crime in L [...]

    13. Genna says:

      I struggled a lot with this one I went into it very interested in the subject and was excited, and it just did not live up to my expectations First, the same message is sent about 10 million times, in the same format every time With that, the author mentions many cases that follow the same pattern I think it would have been effective to stick with the Tennelle case while focusing on the human interest element of the story I felt bombarded with cases and could not keep them straight and I couldn [...]

    14. Richard Derus says:

      Rating 4 of fiveIt took me, the guy who reads a book in a day, quite a while to finish this one GHETTOSIDE is a vivid, eye opening, matter of fact indictment of generations worth of neglect, oppression, and indifference on the part of the larger republic towards African Americans, and men in particular.My review isn t a sweet little nosegay It s a jeremiad.

    15. Shannon says:

      First posted at rivercityreadingI went into Jill Leovy s book Ghettoside with high expectations Since its release in January, there has been praise seemingly everywhere, with The Washington Post even calling it the most important book about urban violence in a generation I can t help but wonder if we read the same book.It s easy to cheer for many statements made early in Ghettoside, as Leovy discusses how police forces have historically preoccupied themselves with nuisance abatement rather than [...]

    16. Elaine says:

      Leovy s thesis is powerful We owe inner city African Americans better crime solving the victims of black on black violence particularly murder deserve to have perpetrators caught In contrast to much received wisdom, Leovy who was embedded with an LAPD homicide squad makes a passionate and often convincing case that what black inner city neighborhoods need most from the police is policing for murderers to be caught, for victims not to be written off as somehow less than innocent because they are [...]

    17. Chris says:

      New review Just re read this Still a great book that reveals even on a second reading In particular read with before, after or during Between the World and Me Note while the first time I read this was a Netgalley ARC, my re read was of my personal brought hardcover edition.Older review Disclaimer ARC read courtesy of Netgalley This book will undoubtedly be compared to David Simon s Homicide This is a good and a bad thing A good thing because if the comparison might get people to read the book [...]

    18. Katie says:

      In Ghettoside, the author asserts that black on black murder among young men, is so rampant in areas like South LA because the justice system has failed the people in these communities by under enforcing the law This creates a lack of trust in police, contributes to vigilante style justice, and subsequently discourages witnesses from coming forward, etc Besides being a broad narrative that focuses on the police and murder investigations in marginalized black communities, Ghettoside also focuses [...]

    19. Nancy Oakes says:

      a much longer version of what I think about this book can be foundhere Here s the uber short version Ms Leovy reveals in her book that African American men have been the nation s number one crime victims, only six percent of the population, but a staggering 40 percent of those murdered Her book focuses on the area of Los Angeles formerly known as South Central specifically, she zooms in on the Watts area, and part of her thesis is that often than not, the idea that murders of blacks somehow di [...]

    20. Shaun says:

      So in the minority on this one Should note, I finally abandoned at about page 170 to pursue other reading material Unfortunately, I did not like Leovy s style of story telling She took way too long to get into the main story and much of the initial 100 pages is repetitive I found the biographical chapters of the various detectives involved to be trite and overly scripted The underlying premise, that in various black communities, an ineffective policing leads to a vigilante style of justice, is i [...]

    21. Trish says:

      Many years in the making, this recounting of the deaths of young black men in the neighborhood of South Los Angeles has the intellectual and emotional impact of a rubber mallet struck hard against the head It is sickening, anger inducing, and confounding, like listening to the litany of femicides in Book Four of Roberto Bola o s masterpiece, 2666 Only the facts elicit this reaction, for Leovy s writing is dispassionate, cool and clear, which is the only way we could get through this horrifying a [...]

    22. Julie Ehlers says:

      The thesis of this book is simple the reason areas like south Los Angeles have so much gang related violence is that law enforcement doesn t place a high priority on solving the murders that do occur The city therefore sends the message that murder in these areas will go unpunished and, by extension, that the lives of those murdered, be they gang members or others, don t matter This lack of justice creates a vacuum that the residents then fill with their own form of justice.Leovy restates this v [...]

    23. Edan says:

      This is a masterpiece Informative, nuanced, compassionate, efficiently told, entertaining, heartbreaking Every American should read this book.

    24. Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship says:

      This is an interesting and informative book about a serious problem that goes ignored by most of American society the extraordinary number of young black men who are murdered every year, most often by other young black men Despite the title the book is set in Los Angeles this isn t just a big city or inner city problem the same thing happens even in rural areas The author embedded in a ghettoside investigative division for several years, and the book focuses primarily on the murder of one 18 yea [...]

    25. Darcia Helle says:

      Sometimes I read a book full of alarming statistics, but it fails to move me Then other times I read a book like this one, when the author weaves statistics and research into a story, when the writing is vivid and the details compelling, when I feel like I ve learned something in a way that matters, and when that knowledge has, on some level, changed how I think Jill Leovy is a gifted writer She puts words together in a way that paints a portrait of images and emotion I didn t just read the word [...]

    26. Kathrina says:

      Fourteen years of research, conveyed through skilled, compelling narrative and ethnography If you have any interest in understanding our broken criminal justice system, the ties between slavery, racism, incarceration, and urban violence, and what lies behind the declarative statement Black Lives Matter, this book is essential reading This book couldn t be timely or necessary to our national conversation.

    27. Mikey B. says:

      This is a superb journalistic work on detective investigations of homicide in Los Angeles in the Watts South Central area It gives an intensely human angle It is centred on the streets and its people.We see how hard the detectives can pursue a case and the years it can take to train and make a good detective They have to be on the streets and understand the lingo and the code of the inhabitants They must probe and interview potential witnesses, family members, accomplices over and over again to [...]

    28. Barbara says:

      This is a story of the epidemic of murders of young African American men in South Central LA and adjoining neighborhoods It tells the story of a dogged detective, John Skaggs, who is determined to solve these cases which are underreported Skaggs faces families who don t believe the police care or try to investigate Skaggs never tries to disabuse them of their doubts He gains the trust by working the cases without giving up When the son of a police detective is murdered, we see in detail the almo [...]

    29. Leah Polcar says:

      Strangely, I didn t love this book It has all the elements present that should make a nice popular sociology read, but I found it rather tedious even though the central argument that over policing actually causes violence was intriguing Some factual information here was well presented and used for novel, to me, sub arguments I found the history of black on black violence interesting but I found overall this never seemed to really get off the ground I think Leovy needed to decide whether she want [...]

    30. Holly says:

      It wasn t until I began reading listening to Richard Price s The Whites that I could begin to nail down why I wasn t ecstatic about this book I m completely sympathetic to Leovy s arguments and and I agree with those who say it s an important discussion of the neglected tragedy travesty of black on black crime But I m now wondering if it would ve had a greater impact on me if it weren t written as narrative that focused on one family and a couple of detectives whom I didn t find terribly intere [...]

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