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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. Yes, there is a pre conception about blacks in American history - the slave trade, the unwillingness of the South to treat blacks as equals leading to the Jim Crow laws of segregation, but one wouldn't believe that it's happening in the twenty first century... but read on!
Most modern day politicians in America - Regan, Bush, Clinton, and yes, even Obama, saw stern actions against the black fraternity as vote winners from the middle and poor white community who have historically always looked for someone else to look down upon!
I don't think you'll believe the prison sentences that are handed out for relatively minor drug offences - nearly always to blacks and hardly ever to whites? Some of the cases mentioned will astound you.
The American courts have made it neigh on impossible to challenge their awful repression. The police are incentivised to arrest and charge blacks whilst whites doing the same are left to their own devices? You may be surprised to learn that far more whites take drugs in America than do their black counterparts and yet 90% of those convicted are black?
This book is brilliantly written, giving you all the information you need to make up your own mind. It may hedge its bets in places regarding outright racism but the facts speak for themselves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars shocking and devastating!, 20 Mar 2014
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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 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Insights, 9 Feb 2013
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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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, 6 Jan 2014
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Awesome book, touches on an important issue and needs to be read worldwide. I hope that one day someone does some similar work for the UK!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review, 31 July 2013
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Great book, disturbing, harrowing and shocking.Anyone with an interest in American politics should read this book, could not recommend it more highly.
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