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Black and Blue: How African Americans Judge the U.S. Legal System

James L. Gibson and Michael Nelson


It is not hyperbole to proclaim that a crisis of legal legitimacy exists in the relationships between African Americans and the law and legal authorities and institutions that govern them. However, this legitimacy deficit has largely (but not exclusively) been documented through anecdotal evidence and a steady drumbeat of journalistic reports, but not rigorous scientific research. We posit that both experiences and in-group identities are commanding because they influence the ways in which black people process information, and in particular, the ways in which blacks react to the symbols of leg ... More

Keywords: legitimacy, diffuse support, Positivity Theory, U.S. Supreme Court, symbols, linked fate, Social Identity Theory, group attachment, vicarious experience, information processing

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190865214
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190865214.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James L. Gibson, author
Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Political Science

Michael Nelson, author
Pennsylvania State University Law School