Once again, we are delighted to be working with Marvin Free and assisting in the publication of a timely and provocative work. In our view, the challenge for scholarship on race and crime lies in the way that issues rapidly evolve in dynamic social environments. Today's discussions are unique in their context, with distinct political, legal, and economic features. The rhetoric and parameters of the dialogues of the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s now present us with new frameworks, regardless of the seemingly perpetual nature of many of the debates.
Though some may counter that the racial aspects of social conflict are so fundamental as to transcend time and community context, certainly most would agree that we continue to find different ways to measure, address, and theorize about them. Academicians and researchers play a very important role in that process. As you will see, Professor Free has worked diligently to produce a work that demonstrates how issues of race have evolved and how they affect us now. We think readers will be pleased with the end product. Above all, it reinforces the need to ensure that the objective nature of scholarly research in this and in all areas of crime and justice are reported and disseminated without the filters of political spin.
Marilyn D. McShane Frank Williams Series Editors