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

Alexander argues the harsh penalty of how "people whose only crime is drug addiction or possession of a small amount of drugs for recreational use find themselves locked out of the mainstream society--permanently--and also highlights the inequality presented from the fact that "blacks are admitted to prison on drug charges at a rate from twenty to fifty-seven times greater than that of white men".

In addition, "colorblindness" and its indifference to the specific problems faced by racial groups needs to be exposed. Constitution and are specifically targeted at communities of color.

Her analysis reflects the passion of an advocate and the intellect of a scholar. Saunders Redding once said in praise of W. Without a holistic understanding of our current situation, we will be doomed to repeat inherited oppressive patterns and will never fully heal or move on.

The current rate of incarceration in the US is six to ten times greater than in other industrialized nations, and Alexander maintains that this disparity is not correlated to the fluctuation of crime rates, but can be traced mostly to the artificially invoked War on Drugs and its associated discriminatory policies.

A new social consensus must be forged about race and the role of race in defining the basic structure of our society, if we ever hope to abolish the New Jim Crow. The greatest instigator of mass incarceration is the War on Drugs.

About two-thirds of the way in, she offers this summation: In the eighteenth century it was the transatlantic slave trade, in the nineteenth century it was slavery, in the twentieth century it was Jim Crow.

The New Jim Crow is a grand wake-up call in the midst of a long slumber of indifference to the poor and vulnerable. Here, Alexander draws parallels between mass incarceration today and past systems of racialized social control like Jim Crow. At the other end of the social spectrum are the young black men who are under active control of the criminal justice system currently in prison, or on parole or probation —approximately one-third of the young black men in the US.

If you care about justice in America, you need to read this book! The new consensus must begin with dialogue, a conversation that fosters critical consciousness, a key prerequisite to effective social action.

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness in Michelle Alexander addresses this extensively, including taking the traditional civil rights organizations to task for turning their backs on the long-standing issue of mass incarceration of black and brown Americans.

Mass Incarceration is NOT the New Jim Crow

More on the event here. Michelle Alexander has become the poster woman for ending the drug war and mass incarceration, for policy reform and for mass movement organizing.

The book ends with a simple question: Alexander does a fine job of truth-telling, pointing the finger where it rightly should be pointed:Alexander points out that this is nothing more than a new system to marginalize and discriminate against blacks, and calls it "the new Jim Crow".

If anything, it's more accurate to call it the new slavery. In The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander argues that the war on drugs and its consequent incarceration of a disproportionate number of black American men amounts to a new form of racialized social control akin to the Jim Crow laws/5.

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 election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness/5(K).

The New Jim Crow study guide contains a biography of Michelle Alexander, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. About The New Jim Crow The New Jim Crow Summary. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander.

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The New Jim Crow Summary & Study Guide

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.

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 .

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