- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: The New Press; Reprint edition (23 Feb. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1595586431
- ISBN-13: 978-1595586438
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,257 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
New Jim Crow, The Paperback – 23 Feb 2012
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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
About the Author
Michelle Alexander is an associate professor of law at Ohio State University and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Formerly the director of the ACLU s Racial Justice Project in Northern California, Alexander served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Cornel West is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University.
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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.Read more ›
The only reason I have given this 4 stars out of 5 is because I found it a bit repetitive at points, but it's worth persevering through.
This is an important piece of work for the current generation - it highlights why we need to educate the public on crime and justice, and how important it is to be involved in your local community.
A fantastic read from a talented and thought-provoking writer.
After looking at a pamphlet, proclaiming that Drug War is the new Jim Crow, the author ignored it as a theory promoted by a bunch of conspiracy guys. She continues in her job as a civil rights lawyer, but in due course realises that the statement was actually true. Millions of black and brown people in the US are languishing behind bars because of the Drug war that was unleashed during the 80’s when Ronald Regan was the president. The outcome of her quest to expose the truth is this book. And what a fantastic book this is.
Here are the key points raised in the book:
1. The race based segregation never went away, it just changed to a form that was more palatable to the prevalent norms in the society. Started as Slavery, ended with the civil war in 1865. Transformed to Jim crow laws, ended with the civil rights law in 1964. Transformed to War on drugs in the 1980’s, and still going on. It’s like a chameleon changing colours to avoid being detected
2. The criminal and judicial systems act in tandem to act as a funnel sucking in an increasing number of black and brown people into a life of segregation. At top of the funnel are the police who routinely stop and search the minorities looking for drugs, flagrantly defying 4th amendment which was meant to protest people’s right to privacy . Black and brown men are put in jail for possessing even small quantities of drugs, while the white men are treated differently. Once they are behind bars, they are scared into accepting guilty plea by the prosecutor, or go to trial and risk harsh sentences.Read more ›
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A must read for civil rights activists and I would also say portions of this book should be taught in schools in the western world, not only America but also Europe and AustraliaPublished 6 days ago by Jopare
This was a sad but great read. It is the basis for debate in my view about the American criminal justice system. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tony Laforce
Superb. Essential reading for anyone trying to understand events in the USA or anything to do with race.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The unified field theory is a holy grail, of sorts, in physics. Can one single theory, with an accompanying set of equations, explain the relationship between electromagnetic and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by John P. Jones III
Alexander argues in 'The New Jim Crow' that the US War on Drugs (launched by Reagan and escalated under Clinton - years in which drug use was actually in decline) has led directly... Read morePublished 5 months ago by J. Baldwin
This is a very important book the author skilfully discusses an important issue which is destroying America. Read morePublished 6 months ago by rakin fetuga
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