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

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The New Press, 2010 - Law - 304 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 difficult to read and shocking. - Goodreads
Well written and researched. - Goodreads
Was disappointed the writing wasn't better. - Goodreads
Great book plenty insight about race in America. - Goodreads
The basic premise sounds like a conspiracy. - Goodreads
I read the introduction, which was really good. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Steve - Goodreads

This book will make you want to re-think our prison system! I found it to be very well research and presented. It was eye-opening. The statistics the author presents made me really question what we are doing, and why we are doing it, with our court and prison system. Read full review

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User Review  - April - Goodreads

A fantastic book that breaks down the mass incarceration problem into one thing: The War on Drugs. A few facts: - The war on drugs started when drug use was actually on the decline and prison ... Read full review

Contents

Title Page
The Rebirth of Caste
The Lockdown
The Color of Justice
The Cruel Hand
The New Jim Crow
The Fire This Time

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