The New Jim Crow
The New Press, Jan 16, 2012 - 336 pages
Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action."
Called "stunning" by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David Levering Lewis, "invaluable" by the Daily Kos, "explosive" by Kirkus, and "profoundly necessary" by the Miami Herald, this updated and revised paperback edition of The New Jim Crow, now with a foreword by Cornel West, is a must-read for all people of conscience.
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I recommend this book. If you want to educate yourself on the Jim crow laws of today the author in my opinion did an excellent job explaining the events. Michelle Alexander is an excellent writer. I ... Read full review
Review: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessUser Review - Pctrainer98 - Goodreads
Mass Incarceration, Mass Incarceration, Mass Incarceration! This book has important information but it was SO redunctant I lost patience! I feel like everything that was said in the book was covered in the prologue and I didn't need the rest of the book. Read full review
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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
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