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The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Alexander , Cornel West
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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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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 presidency 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 666 KB
  • Print Length: 338 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1595586431
  • Publisher: New Press, The (16 Jan 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0067NCQVU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
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 Obama should read this book 30 Sep 2014
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Should Obama or any of his eagle eyed aides read this book, he would be able to answer his own question on where all the black fathers have gone. This is a lucid and evidentially backed thesis on how the War on Drugs has affected poor black communities, and why they rather than poor white communities have been targetted despite offending rates being similar. It ends with a call to arms to end mass incarceration predicated on an unjust and racist judicial system, which leaves disenfranchised post prison
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read! 19 Jun 2014
A very good book for background on American history. It gives a perspective at the start to understand the situation at the moment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shameful 23 April 2014
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A very well researched, well executed and accessible book that was a real eye opener. I can't look at the American criminal justice system with the same eyes now, especially on drug policy. Shameful. Michelle Alexander features as a talking head on a great documentary on Netflix called "The house I live in" about America's failed War on Drugs, which is also excellent.
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