New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

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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. This is such a book. It directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness.

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By Michelle Alexander
#9129. With an introduction by Cornel West. 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 election 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.”
336 pages. Softcover. 2012.
See this related video that features an interview with Michelle Alexander: Moyers and Company: Incarceration Nation.
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