It makes you so angry you will never look at the American Judicial system the same again. This was the first Jim Crow. But every now and then a portrayal of injustice smacks me upside the head, rattles by brains around a bit, and I'm shaken out of my apathy. The New Jim Crow delves deeply into the tragic, seemingly near-invisible underside of the high-profile shootings of people like Philando Castile - the millions of other people of color in the United States who are imprisoned and subsequently discriminated against by their own governments. I feel like I'm waffling, but it's hard to review a book that I have so much to say about. In the meantime, please read this one.
As a people, we feel ourselves to be not only deeply injured, but grossly misunderstood. Phelps in the Los Angeles Times on Friday, January 31, 2014. She can make the abstract concrete, as J. The decision declared that racially separate schools between blacks and whites were not only wrong to be separate but they were not equal. I venture to say none, though there's always a margin of error.
Who benefits from criminalizing harmless euphoriants? The report got to be a very sensitive document, as the unredacted copy was put under federal court seal in Chicago, which was upheld by the U. Just go to Angola State Prison in Louisiana and watch all the black prisoners working in the cotton fields. The book goes through the history, racist reasons and malicious ways that the War on Drugs was created. Anyone who has ever worked with social science data knows that self-reported data are unreliable. In their October letter to the editor, Cingular executives said the decision to contract with Scendis was made three months after Cingular was formed. I do not think that lawmakers consciously designed the justice system to suppress minorities, but that there is a confluence of situations that result in our system being overwhelmingly detrimental for minorities.
What liberal intellectual can deny the continuing impoverishment and dependency on public assistance in the Black community? The judicial system has been complicit in this new aggressive policy. Feel free to offer them here. Today mass incarceration defines the meaning of blackness in America: black people, especially black men, are criminals. We can rationalise, delude, and comfort ourselves about intention but purpose is the reality which insists on being seen for what it is. I read this book for the Goodreads' Book Club Diversity in All Forms! Now what do you do to keep a roof over your head? The redacted Scendis Report does not include a date, and it is unclear when Cingular executives actually received copies of the unredacted report. I want to live in a country that embraces all of its citizens, accepts people for who they are and helps people who need support.
Now I'm not saying that all offenders, black or white, are innocent victims. The highest incidence of the use and sale of illegal drugs is found in communities characterized as: a Asian, b African-American, c Latino, d White 3. Rector fled the scene, evaded police for 3 days, and eventually agreed to surrender to a police officer he'd known since childhood. Michelle Alexander is a civil rights lawyer, activist and legal scholar whose purpose is to give evidence to the calamity represented by this situation, opening our eyes to realities most of us never consider. I'm not a political type of guy. Yet there are people in the United States serving life sentences for first-time drug offenses, something virtually unheard of anywhere else in the world. But let me say first that I was immediately captivated by this book and soon adopted the feeling of some other reviewers that everyone should read and take this book to heart.
In one instance, the author attempts to paint President Clinton as a closeted racist, liberal sellout, and conservative crony intent on deploying the death sentence on as many black males as he can in order to sway white voters by falsely reporting the details of an execution he attended while Gov. John Legend is now leading a movement to have rights restored to convicted felons. Whether you agree with her thesis or not, Michelle Alexander makes you think about mass incarceration in a new way. She does an extraordinary job reviewing history, the different branches of the legal system, and the economic, social and political circumstances of black Americans today. It took a civil war to abolish that institution, and when it did, the racists were in retreat for a time. Thus even hopeful periods such as Reconstruction faced a backlash so intense that the same system of racial control that began during slavery remained in place, even as specific laws and customs changed.
The War on Drugs discourages young black men from seeking legal employment. I read this book and do have a copy prominent placed on my bookshelf. You want to agree with her on most points, but she blatantly misrepresents the facts on so many occasions that you end up writing amazon reviews to express your frustration. Far from being a White-only conspiracy, the real story of the drug war shows us that non-White people have become active, though perhaps nonetheless still marginalized, architects of contemporary racial hierarchy. Intention is mental and ephemeral, an idea-before-the-fact which is part of a complex of other ideas, many of which may be contrary or contradictory. Most people who read this book are not good with numbers 2.
What do they have to hide? Today, Cotton cannot vote because he, like many black men in the United States, has been labeled a felon and is currently on parole. The drug war proved to be the most convenient way to encapsulate this racial paranoia. Moreover, the documents raise questions about the executives' statement on when Scendis was hired. So, I guess if you've read this book, you probably picked it up because, like me, you recognised that something's wrong with the system, but you wanted to learn more. And so they do until we have the highest incarceration rate in the world. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an ast I'm speechless.
I think that we as a people should stop trying so hard to be accepted, but we should ask the tough questions and make sure our needs are not only addressed but also met. At times it reads a bit like a textbook, which is why this is four stars for me, but the content itself is essential reading. Update: An earlier version of this post included a chart that compared black America's incarceration rate with those of other countries. Michelle Alexander has pointed out the elephant in the room that few have recognized and, in the process opened all of our eyes. I was eighteen and although I knew all about apartheid in South Africa, and stood in line to see Mississippi Burning when it was released late that year, I had been raised in nearly all-white communities in rural Washington state.