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Michelle Alexander
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20 Oct 2011
In a bold and innovative argument, a rising legal star shows readers how the mass incarceration of a disproportionate number of black men amounts to a devastating system of racial control. This is a terrifying reality that exists in the UK as much as in the US. Despite the triumphant dismantling of the Jim Crow laws, the system that once forced African-Americans into a segregated second-class citizenship still haunts. The US criminal justice system still unfairly targets black men and deprives an entire segment of the population of their basic rights.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: The New Press; Reprint edition (20 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595586431
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595586438
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 9.1 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,831 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The subtle power of Alexander's analysis of mass incarceration as a racial caste system, not as a system of crime control prove overwhelming. Geoff Dyer's Book of 2012 --New Statesman

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5.0 out of 5 stars Hold your Head in Shame America 23 Mar 2013
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Firstly, let me say that I am not anti-American in any way, I am perfectly aware that the British Empire has plenty of skeletons in their cupboard!
To say that this book will open your eyes is a bit of an understatement. Once you've read this book you will view white American authority in a totally different light. This book explores and then presents the blatant racism / prejudice that still exits against African American blacks and other minorities in America today. It is worse than slavery, worse than segregation, in fact it's like something from the dark ages in terms of its blatant repression and regime of the incarceration of African American blacks. It vies equally with the persecution of the Jews. There may not be gas chambers or the number but the ruination of life is in some ways comparable.
It is nearly all hidden under the guise of the `war against crime' as they call it - mainly the drugs war. I am not saying that problems do not exist in the UK, but for certain we do approach things slightly differently?
The answer as far as the American politicians, courts and police are concerned is simply to `target' the blacks, lock them up and then take away everything that is important to a human being: their home, job, their loved ones, financial support and self-respect. American prisons now house some two million prisoners (nearly all black) at a cost of 200 billion dollars a year. The system provides jobs for some 700,000 workers in the US.
The incarceration rates for these black communities are staggering. They are so obviously unjust when (compared to the `whites' rate of arrests; the system is clearly and wholly prejudiced.
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5.0 out of 5 stars shocking and devastating! 20 Mar 2014
By Dan
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Michelle Alexander clearly knew it would be difficult to convince readers that the justice system in modern. America is so racist that it is comparable to the Jim crow days, A system that existed in the states following the abolition of slavery that downgraded African Americans to second class status, segregation and legal mistreatment at the hands of white people. This task would obviously be made harder by the fact a black man is now president. But She achieves this brilliantly with thorough research, citing numerous cases, pieces of legislation and statistics proving beyond reasonable doubt, that the system is infact racially biased and has resulted in the downgrading of millions of African Americans to a second class citizenship. This has occurred because of extremely strict laws implemented in the war on drugs, specifically crack cocaine. A war that has unfairly targeted poor black communities even though drug related crimes are committed just as often if not more in white neighbourhoods also. If you still remain unconvinced ill use an experiment she discusses in the book and ask you to close your eyes and imagine a crack dealer selling drugs. On the street....if you imagined he was black just as most of the participants did, you have been manipulated by media to now have a racist stereotype of black men this is what has contributed to the forming of the new Jim crow!! A must read for anyone interested in human rights which should really be of concern to us all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insights 9 Feb 2013
By Ozzie
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A great read for anyone looking to delve a little deeper into the US Justice System. It has a through grounding in History and Law that make the arguments not only compelling, but hard to ignore.

Read this if you want to challenge your own thinking about modern politics criminal 'justice' and the world we live in today, yesterday and tomorrow.
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