The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnesseBook - 2012
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The age of civil rights has passed, we've been graced with our first black president, Barack Obama, and Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books. So why is racism still an issue? In this thorough critique from associate professor of law at Ohio State University, Michelle Alexander, you will co... Read More »
This powerful text highlights the racial dimensions of the "War on Drugs." The author argues that federal drug policy unfairly targets communities of color, keeping millions of young, black men in a cycle of poverty and behind bars.
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“Claims that mass incarceration is analogous to Jim Crow will fall on deaf ears and alienate potential allies if advocates fail to make clear that the claim is not meant to suggest or imply that supporters of the current system are racist in the way Americans have come to understand that term. Race plays a major role—indeed a defining role—in the current system but not because of what is commonly understood as old-fashioned, hostile bigotry.”
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