A review of the new jim crow a book by michelle alexander

Hundreds of thousands of African Americans have served time in prison as a result of drug convictions and are branded felons for life.

Mass Incarceration is NOT the New Jim Crow

I was a college freshman, required to write a paper about fads vs. The New Press, She argues that when people of color are disproportionately labeled as "criminals", this allows the unleashing of a whole range of legal discrimination measures in employment, housing, education, public benefits, voting rights, jury duty, and so on.

Rather than combat drug activity, the War on Drugs has served as a deliberate strategy to control people of color and remove them from the political process, which is racist in both application and design. Alexander argues that the system reflects an underlying racial ideology and will not be significantly disturbed by half-measures such as laws mandating shorter prison sentences.

When combined with the fact that whites are more likely to commit drug crimes than people of color, the issue becomes clear for Alexander: Criminal justice was not listed as a top priority of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights in andor of the Congressional Black Caucus in The War on Drugs began in earnest in the mids, equipping local law enforcement agencies with the means to increase crackdowns on communities in search of drugs.

Alexander effectively repeats and summarizes the concepts on a regular basis, which is a welcome relief, because so much of this information is hard to process.

To approach these matters as anything but would be to fortify this new racial caste. Ex-offenders are shamed in their communities, and often live in isolation and despair. I have a specific audience in mind—people who care deeply about racial justice but who, for any number of reasons, do not yet appreciate the magnitude faced by communities of color as a result of mass incarceration… and those who have been struggling to persuade their friends, neighbors, relatives, teachers, co-workers, or political representatives.

She contends that the system does not require overt racial hostility or bigotry on the part of another racial group or groups. Yet as civil-rights-lawyer-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander demonstrates, it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways in which it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

Michelle Alexander speaks last year at Dillard University. He never called for the color of their skin to be ignored. She did not give a shout out. We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Alexander considers the evidence and concludes that our prison system is a unique form of social control, much like slavery and Jim Crow, the systems it has replaced.

The data are here; the numbers are real, and they are soul-crushing. Her tone is disarming throughout; she speaks as a concerned citizen, not as an expert, though she is one. Americans want to believe that everybody is capable of upward mobility, given enough effort on his or her part; this assumption forms a part of the national collective self-image.

This supports statistic that nearly 90 percent of drug felons are black, when whites are more likely to engage in drug activity.

However, the man then said in passing that he had a felony drug conviction on his record and Alexander had to backtrack completely: Indifference is sufficient to support the system. For reasons I cannot recall, I chose to write about the War on Drugs. I was in attendance, along with many other community organizers and social-justice-minded folks, when she spoke at Dillard University last year.

Police can find an individual "suspicious" based on dress, walk, driving ability, and as Alexander points out, skin color. Beyond the New Jim Crow At first reading, one might dismiss concerns over White prisoners and other more nuanced factors. The New Jim Crow has become, to some, the seminal reading on the current state of American incarceration and how it got that way.

Today, it is no longer socially permissible to use race explicitly as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. She can make the abstract concrete, as J. Her broader goal is the revamping of the prevailing mentality regarding human rights, equality and equal opportunities in America, to prevent future cyclical recurrence of what she sees as "racial control under changing disguise".

Du Bois, and Alexander deserves to be compared to Du Bois in her ability to distill and lay out as mighty human drama a complex argument and history.

Disparate sentencing policies the crack cocaine v. Once labeled a felon, even for a minor drug crime, the old forms of discrimination are suddenly legal again. More on the event here.

But talking about these people is essential in telling and understanding this story, precisely because it is suppression of potential political radicals that is at the heart of the social control that mass incarnation affords the U.

The New Jim Crow makes me uncomfortable; it makes me angry, ashamed, fearful, and determined.The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander. The New Press, $, pages. The New Press, $, pages.

{Michelle Alexander will present her work at an event beginning at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, in Dixon Hall on Tulane University’s Campus.

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a book by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar.

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The book discusses race-related issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the United States, but Alexander notes that the discrimination faced by African-American males is prevalent. Mar 07,  · An article on Wednesday about the book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” by Michelle Alexander, misstated, in some editions, a word in a comment by Rick.

James Forman Jr., in an article published in the New York University Law Review, Most recently popularized by Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, and is a scathing critique of Michelle Alexander’s New Jim Crow.

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"The New Jim Crow" highlights the racial dimensions of the War on Drugs. It argues that federal drug policy unfairly targets communities of color, keeping millions of. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is such a work Alexander considers the evidence and concludes that our prison system is a unique form of social control, much like slavery and Jim Crow, the systems it has replaced.

A review of the new jim crow a book by michelle alexander
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