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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

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

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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.

Comments

Mad Dog says:

Don’t read Coates’ book – read this one! If you really want to know the extent of white privilege and how it survives given that most Americans are not outwardly racist anymore, this is the book for you. As Michelle Alexander points out in great detail, white privilege exists today in America in the form of mass incarceration, the generic term for the fact that despite being a supposedly “free” country, we manage to imprison more of our citizens than any other country on earth, even Russia or China. But more than that, a very…

tesh says:

The book had a great pace throughout A very thought-provoking book that really changes they way we think about those who are controlled by the justice system. The book had a great pace throughout. Overall, I enjoyed reading it very much, but found some parts to be repetitive. Also, I would have liked more insight into the other side of the equation, mainly about which, if any, significant drug prevention programs were/are in place, and how they’ve affected those in poor communities and black communities.

lma386 says:

Nothing like a bunch of one-stars at the bottom patting themselves … Nothing like a bunch of one-stars at the bottom patting themselves on the back for locating “bias.”This book is an indispensable contribution to critical race studies. I would like to have seen a bit more from Alexander in terms of contextualizing mass incarceration within the political economy of capitalism, but this is an extraordinary and meticulously sourced investigation into the machinations of white supremacy in the present historical moment. It’s a must read.

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