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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

by Michelle Alexander

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nation­wide social move­ment. 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. With daz­zling can­dor, legal schol­ar Michelle Alexan­der argues that we have not end­ed racial caste in Amer­i­ca; we have mere­ly redesigned it.” By tar­get­ing black men through the War on Drugs and dec­i­mat­ing com­mu­ni­ties of col­or, the U.S. crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem func­tions as a con­tem­po­rary sys­tem of racial con­trol — rel­e­gat­ing mil­lions to a per­ma­nent sec­ond-class sta­tus — even as it for­mal­ly adheres to the prin­ci­ple of col­or­blind­ness. In the words of Ben­jamin Todd Jeal­ous, pres­i­dent and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a call to action.“

Called stun­ning” by Pulitzer Prize – win­ning his­to­ri­an David Lev­er­ing Lewis, invalu­able” by the Dai­ly Kos, explo­sive” by Kirkus, and pro­found­ly nec­es­sary” by the Mia­mi Her­ald, this updat­ed and revised paper­back edi­tion of The New Jim Crow, now with a fore­word by Cor­nel West, is a must-read for all peo­ple of conscience.

2012

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