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shocking and devastating!, 20 Mar 2014
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.