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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (udgave 2010)

af Michelle Alexander (Forfatter)

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This work argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race. As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status - much like their grandparents before them. In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. 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.… (mere)
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Titel:The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Forfattere:Michelle Alexander (Forfatter)
Info:The New Press (2010), Edition: 1, 290 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:*****
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A thoroughly researched and passionately argued thesis on the systematic subjugation of black men. Reading this book a decade after it was published, the premise was not new to me – a testament to how these arguments have permeated through the cultural ether and effected some reforms (e.g., crack/powder cocaine sentencing disparity, felon voting rights, ban the box). However, it’s disheartening to see how many of the same injustices persist, and just how relevant Alexander’s arguments remain. ( )
  jiyoungh | May 3, 2021 |
The new Jim Crow is well explained by the author as she explains how the war on drugs and the prison system has virtually locked up or put on government control a major segment of society, namely Blacks and other Latinos. Well worth reading. ( )
  addunn3 | Mar 25, 2021 |
The New Jim Crow confronts the idea that the election of Barack Obama actually marks a new age of colorblindness. Alexander says “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” She goes into how our criminal justice system functions as a way to control black communities in America. This book has been revered by the NAACP as a “call to action.”
Review from: The Write of Your Life. Books on race relations in America.
  stlukeschurch | Mar 7, 2021 |
While there are a ton of facts and I understand where this is coming from, it is a little odd that there are sections that directly contradict the title. ( )
  bookwyrmm | Mar 1, 2021 |
I reread this book at the beginning of 2021 simply because my perspectives and understanding of the impact of racism in America had evolved since my first reading in 2018. I am glad I did. It is an informative, well written and well researched book, a book I would like to say that everyone should read, even as I recognize that this will never happen. It is a valuable book, filled with complex ideas and well-researched information. On the downside, at least for this reader, there is considerable repetition in the opening sections, which I still found extremely annoying, although this time around I perhaps found myself more willing to forgive, understanding that the author may have felt the repetition was necessary given the complexity of the subject. I disagree but it is a relatively minor quibble.

Unlike so many books, Alexander's message grows stronger and more focused as the book progresses. The book moves from outrage, outrage that is focused but simultaneously still somewhat nebulous (hence repetition) as to details, to a deeply detailed critical study of the current situation, its roots, its history and its entrenched pervasiveness. The book starts where we are, knowing something is wrong but not knowing how or why, and then delineates the spider web of entrenched biases and systems that have led us to this place, a place in which should never have found ourselves. The last section, with its pointed and often painful analysis of the pitfalls of past reform and its damning account of what is needed, is the books strength. It is a book that is worthy of rereading, and even gains in strength. ( )
  dooney | Feb 4, 2021 |
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Quoting Alexander: "I consider myself a prison abolitionist, in the sense that I think we will eventually end the prisons as we know them. That doesn’t mean that I don’t think we don’t need to remove people from the community who pose a serious threat or who cause serious harm for some period of time. But the question is do we want to create and maintain sites that are designed for the intentional infliction of needless suffering? Because that’s what prison is today. They are sites where we treat people as less than human and put them in literal cages and intentionally inflict harm and suffering on them and then expect that this will somehow improve them. It’s nonsensical, immoral, and counterproductive, and that is what I would like to see come to an end."
 
Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.
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This work argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race. As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status - much like their grandparents before them. In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. 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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