Blurb for The Color of Law: Ernie Goodman, Detroit, and the Struggle for Labor and Civil Rights by Steve Babson, Dave Riddle and David Elsila – Draft – PDF

2010 Blurb for The Color of Law: Ernie Goodman, Detroit, and the Struggle for Labor and Civil Rights

Imagine Clarence Darrow immersed in progressive movements for social change and you might have some sense of the remarkable, indomitable Ernie Goodman. This wonderful, inspiring and compelling book is not only his story, it’s the chronicle of the most important struggles of the 20th century—from the first auto worker sit-down strikes, to the Red Scare, the fight against Jim Crow, opposition to the Vietnam War and the Attica prison rebellion. Ernie understood, better than most lawyers, that progressive social change comes from popular struggle and that a lawyer’s job was to protect those in struggle. “The Color of Law” holds key lessons for today. The state’s expedient use of claimed dangers to suppress struggles for social justice—whether the red scare in the 40’s and 50’s or terrorism today—tell us all that we, like Ernie Goodman, must remain steadfast in our fight for what is true justice despite the personal cost. Ernie was unbowed until his death at age 90 and so must we be.