Beyond the New Jim Crow At first reading, one might dismiss concerns over White prisoners and other more nuanced factors. This book opened my eyes to the abuses that go on today. I learned so much in this book. The absurd amount of incarcerated African-Americans, many for non-violent drug offenses, has a hugely negative impact on black society and contributes to ongoing racial disparities, both sociological and economic, in a supposedly colorblind America.
The book is impeccably argued and well sourced. You clock in at your own time.
For McWhorter and the Cato Institute, ending drug prohibition is a means of crushing the semi-independent economic opportunity that the illicit drug trade provides, and in turn, force even more of the Black poor into the low-wage sector of the economy. Her thesis is that there Jim Crow laws have been replaced with a racial caste system.
Alexander argues that the drug war how created a new system of racial control in America. You do what you want to do. Right-wingers, ever the opportunists, are seizing the narrative popularized by The New Jim Crow, proving that merely recognizing the racially-disparate impact of drug prohibition is no guarantee of progressive policy.
If you are in a book club or even a progressive church Sunday School class, this would be a great discussion starter. It shocks the conscience that the well-meaning drive to end the War on Drugs could actually make things worse for people like R.
You need other opinions as you read it. As a result, organizations like the NAACP are able to now rail against laws they themselves pushed to pass, thus walking away scot-free from the multi-generational destruction that they helped unleash on the very communities they claim to serve.
As Forman, Barker, and so many others have pointed out, this Black culpability makes mass incarceration and the drug war much different than racialized social systems of the past — particularly the Jim Crow system to which it is often compared. The War on Drugs discourages young black men from seeking legal employment.
One would think this observation would be cause for celebration, but not so fast. My objection to the Jim Crow analogy is based on what it obscures. Saying Michelle Alexander single-handedly kicked off the mass incarceration debate is probably too much of a stretch; nonetheless, the book has been extremely successful at bringing more attention to this issue.
If you are at all interested in criminal justice or racial politics, you ought to pick this one up. Far from being a White-only conspiracy, the real story of the drug war shows us that non-White people have become active, though perhaps nonetheless still marginalized, architects of contemporary racial hierarchy.
My favorite Sunday School class was in a Salem Oregon Methodist church,where we discussed what how did our actions now reflect our Christianity. Yet, the New Jim Crow has serious limitations that, if ignored, will severely limit our ability to effectively combat the War on Drugs and the prison system.
Each class had a different focus, like responding to terrorism or working with Habitat for Humanity. I could see this book being used in that class or in an AP high school class.
This is one book everyone should and must read. Showing of 60 next show all I knew this would be a hard read and I was right. You know, you your own boss. Sheila Sep 26, Absolutely terrifying, totally convincing, and extraordinarily well written. As a result, the analogy generates an incomplete account of mass incarceration—one in which most prisoners are drug offenders, violent crime and its victims merit only passing mention, and white prisoners are largely invisible… the analogy directs our attention away from features of crime and punishment in America that require our attention if we are to understand mass incarceration in all of its dimensions.
Proponents of the analogy focus on those aspects of mass incarceration that most resemble Jim Crow and minimize or ignore many important dissimilarities. I am appalled that this discrimination is going on. He wanted the death penalty. Because the illegality of drugs keeps the prices high, there are high salaries to be made in selling them.
Her husband a federal prosecutor, sees it differently. Some black lawmakers dismissed Gov. I do not know how we can go about correcting the wrongs of mass incarceration but changes do need to happen.
This makes selling drugs a standing tempting alternative to seeking lower-paying legal employment.Mass Incarceration is NOT the New Jim Crow by R.L. Stephens II on April 9, At this point, everybody and their mama has heard of the New Jim billsimas.com Marioti, writing for Huffington Post, called it “a must read for every American.” John Legend quoted the book’s argument that more Black people are imprisoned today than were enslaved.
This groundbreaking book by lawyer, advocate and scholar Michelle Alexander — in a new paperback edition with a foreword by Cornel West — reframes race relations in America by examining the insidious effect of mass incarceration of African-Americans since the War on Drugs began.
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