The New Jim Crow
Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessBook - 2012
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"Michelle Alexander’s book connects slavery, Jim Crow, and the war on drugs as racist systems of control. She provides historical context for policies that allowed police to operate with little oversight – stopping, searching, and seizing people of color at will. Ms. Alexander effectively ... Read More »
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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“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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