The stories in this book are based, in part, upon actual words and statements of the various characters portrayed throughout this revealing story. Any characterizations of persons, places, or things are the opinions of those individuals making the statements, any similarities to anyone is coincidental. This book is a fictionalized story based on the actual experiences and compilations of several African American police officers who were the first to be promoted to police executive levels, including police chiefs.
The Color of Power takes place over four decades, from 1960 to 2020, in Southern California. The storyline depicts the primary character, Tyrone “Ty” Washington, and his journey to become a police officer and the subsequent social trials and tribulations of this choice. Becoming a police officer is a complex, intense, and rewarding process. In Ty’s case, the process was further complicated by being Black!
This story will stir emotions regarding the social complexity, which still exists in the twenty-first century, regarding race in America. The Color of Power will provide all readers with social insight, relief, and a better understanding of the symbolism of power and race in America. Enjoy this legacy of success and Tyrone Washington’s American journey and the rich lessons he learned throughout