The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Google eBook)

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The New Press, Dec 13, 2013 - Law - 336 pages
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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 presidency 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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A little hard to read. - Goodreads
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Great book plenty insight about race in America. - Goodreads
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Go read this book now. I'm serious. This book easily makes the short list of books every contemporary American should read. I don't know how to summarize it, so go ahead and read the official summary ... Read full review

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No words. Life changing. One of the best books I've ever read. My new life mission is to fix the problems laid out here. Read full review

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

About the author (2013)

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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