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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This is an extremely important book for anyone who professes to care about social justice. It's main argument, that the current age of mass incarceration represents the latest racial caste system, is ... Read full review

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An important book for the current focus on racism in USA. I had never thought of the war against drugs as being about race. The author clearly illustrates how it has impacted the African American community. Read full review

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Contents

Introduction
1
1The Rebirth of Caste
20
2The Lockdown
58
3The Color of Justice
95
4The Cruel Hand
137
5The New Jim Crow
173
6The Fire This Time
209
Notes
249
Index
281
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About the author (2010)

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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