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The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow

Author: Michelle Alexander

Year Published: 2010

Description: Michelle Alexander starts off her legal exploration of the current-day prison system with the assertion that she used to believe that comparing modern incarceration to Jim Crow was an exaggeration. Through the course of the book, however, she reveals the reality that the criminal justice system, spurred on by the War on Drugs, has “emerged as a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow.” From school policies that assume certain children are criminals before they even step in the door to the legal disenfranchisement of felons to the modern debtor’s prison, Alexander excavates the racially charged landscape that has been cleverly couched in the discourse of law and order, petitioning that readers reassess the role that prisons currently play in modern American society.

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'As a criminal, you have scarcely more rights, and arguably less respect, than a black man living in Alabama at the height of Jim Crow. We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.'  

The New Jim Crow

 

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