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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Alexander, Michelle

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness - Alexander, Michelle

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Alexander, Michelle

Format: Paperback

Published by The New Press, 2012

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."

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