New Haven , Connecticut (PressExposure) January 30, 2012 -- At a time in America when everyone seems to be searching for immediate solutions to issues that challenge the quality of life for many, the areas of Race, Politics and Police still remain obstacles for those living and working in urban cities. Shafiq Abdussabur, author of A Black Man's Guide to Law Enforcement in America, is a leading expert whose unique approach to community-based policing and urban violence addresses these exact issues. (see New York Times, April 4, 2010).
On Wednesday February 1, 2012 at 6:00pm, the New Haven Library (133 Elm Street) will host a discussion with New Haven author, Shafiq Abdussabur, moderated by Paul Bass, publisher of the New Haven Independent. This event is open and free to the public.
Abdussabur, who is an advocate for community based policing as a sustainable solution to urban violence, feels that this is the perfect time to have an honest discussion about race, politics and police. He believes that his book A Black Man's Guide to Law Enforcement in America, has all of the components that gives both the police and the community a "fresh look" at dealing with decades of mistrust and unpleasant experiences.
This discussion will be the "kick-off" to Black History Month. Several youth organizations, college students, and civic groups are slated to attend. Abdussabur stated, "The book is selling all over the country from Lexington, Kentucky to Atlanta, Georgia. Colleges and schools are buying the book in bulk as a required text for social development courses.
Abdussabur hopes to bring more public awareness to the importance of building better and stronger relations between the police and the urban community. Research conducted by The Council of the Great City Schools, October 2010 state that nearly 30 percent of all Black males in the nation are educated in urban schools. Abdussabur sites that since young Black males are the population facing the most challenges when dealing with the police, he is pushing to have the books as required reading throughout all urban schools across the nation.
"In an almost every urban city in modern day America, you have high rates of gun violence among Black males, police departments that are struggling to gain the affected community's trust and a elected officials who are overwhelmed with the cultural dynamics that are constantly changing." --Shafiq Abdussabur