In the novel Southland, the two main police officers during the investigation are Nick Lawson and Robert Thomas is who are in charge of finding out the truth of the murders of the four African Americans in the freezer. Lawson, the white police officer, is assumed the murderer because he is white and the children are black but in actuality, the black police officer Thomas ends up being the villain. Lanier “couldn’t fathom that this man, that any black man, would commit such an act against children… the murderers were even worse, somehow, because Thomas had committed them”(Southland, 316). This is important because the idea that whites and African Americans are trying to become less segregated in real life are being portrayed as back-stabbing villains who are killing people of their own race to fend for themselves. The i...
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Black Cities/White Cities: Evaluating the Police
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Vol. 26, No. 1 (Mar., 2004), pp. 45-68
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