The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

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The New Press, 2010 - Social Science - 290 pages
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As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status - much like their grandparents before them.
In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community - and all of us - to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

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A good but hard read that makes the structures of American society that many are reluctant to talk about (class and race) visible. It also makes much of the scholarship on mass incarceration available and understood to those who don't have access to it. Read full review

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If you are uncertain what to think about claims of racial bias in law enforcement and the court room please read this book. At very least it will inform you about important court cases that just don't ... Read full review


1The Rebirth of Caste
2The Lockdown
3The Color of Justice
4The Cruel Hand
5The New Jim Crow
6The Fire This Time

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Michelle Alexander is an associate professor of law at Ohio State University and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Formerly the director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project in Northern California, Alexander served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Cornel West is the Class of 1943 University Professor, emeritus, at Princeton University and is currently Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary.

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