The Presumption of White Innocence

Lisa Marie Cacho

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This essay considers how “the presumption of innocence” in self-defense cases not only functions through whiteness but also normalizes violence against the black and/or brown body. Consequentially, “the presumption of innocence” renders black victimhood and black innocence illegible.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1085-1090
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Quarterly
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • History


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