Title

Black Skin – Brass Shields: Assessing the Presumed Marginalization of Black Law Enforcement Executives

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

Spring 2006

Department

Criminal Justice

Abstract

This article examines the presumed marginalization of Black law enforcement executives. In particular, it was hypothesized that study participants (n=123) would report experiencing social isolation from various support and reference groups such as subordinate personnel of both races, White peers of equivalent rank, and family/friends. Several research hypotheses, logically derived from the available literature, were not supported by the data, thereby suggesting that Black law enforcement executives are more socially well-adjusted and integrated in their leadership roles than anticipated. These results suggest a reconsideration of the assumptions surrounding the contemporary working world experiences of this growing segment of leaders in the law enforcement community.

Publication Title

American Journal of Criminal Justice

Volume

30

Issue

2

First Page

163

Last Page

175