Private intellectual, writer, and retired academic. Currently R&D director for Gravitational Systems Engineering, Inc.
This a very dense yet understandable expaination of a common corruption of US justice.
It revealed the silent struggles of those people whom we, despite our race, consider as the others. It brought in sharp relief the perils of casual drug use and poverty. If you enjoyed the book the Working Poor, this book is the other side of the page. I would also add that the overriding sense of the fallacy of exceptionalism, as applied to any group. In brief, most people are not exceptional, yet should you need to be above average to live a good life, and have a secure future? Should poverty or race magnify your lack of exceptionalism often to the level of tragedy. Should a teenage indescretion doom you to never being eligble to vote, or be eliglble for any public assistance, including basic food security. And can we afford to keep and increasingly large segment of the population in custody or supervision?
Although scenes are not relevant to this book, the most compelling understanding that I gained was the impact of many seemingly innocous supreme court decisions.
The stories about how grandmothers have been evicted from public housing because their grandson was arrested for drug possesion in a nearby park. Also, the explaination of pretex stops as a policy to search vehicles.
We should all be aware of this and many other forms of corruption that are rife in the US justice and legislative systems. If not from a sense of fairness, then from a sense of self peservation. As this population becomes more diverse these kinds of injustices are the meat and gravy of widespread social unrest. As our economy becomes increasingly dependent on machines, websites, and automation more and more people will be forced out of the mainstream of American life, and into the disenfranchised. Remember the history of the French revolution.
The content of the book and the way the information was narrated.
The facts that were presented
She made it nice to listen to while riding in the car. Some of her voice narratives were good as well. Her voice was easy on the ears.
No. The entire book was a moving experience. Especially the facts on drug use among different races, yet the amount of disproportion of incarceration in our justice system.
This book should be read/listened to by all who consider themselves active in the social justice movement. The facts in this book were well presented and gives answers to many questions that other ethnic groups may have about the troubles faced in the minority communities and people of the lower economic class.
Audible obsessed lifelong learner.
The author builds the case that the mass incarceration of people is no mistake as the system has been made as the next evolution of the old Jim Crow laws in the south. She focuses on a broken war on drugs that have lead to a normalcy in the poor communities of everyone having a criminal back ground and how that background becomes a scarlet letter keeping them out of society and severely limiting their life choices.
The New Jim Crow lays out facts that support the way many minorities have felt for decades.
I particularly enjoyed the education I received on the implementation of the War on Drugs and its unusual timing.
Her ability to encapsulate the the spirit of the person who was speaking in that moment was fascinating. Whether it be a male or female, she was able to fluxuate her tone to embody that person's essence.
The most moving part of the book was when she broke down the response to Drinking and Driving vs. the response to crack cocaine sales and usage. It was at this juncture that all doubt about what was being said in this book was extremely irrefutable.
Assata was my all time favorite book until I heard this fascinating truth. This book is as big of a "must read" as Roots, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, The Miseducation of the Negro, etc. Thank you so much Ms. Alexander for this rivoting tale.
eye-opening, chilling, anger-producing
Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States
It's much more than a tidbit - it's a call to action for me and my fellow U.S.ers to become aware of what we've allowed to happen because of our indifference to what's going on with the imprisonment of young black men while young white men are ignored for the exact same actions.
Everyone should read this book and then alert others to what's going on.
It's in the upper middle.
No this was the first
No this was the first; however, her reading of the book made it interesting.
I felt that this book was one sided. It put too much focus on blacks being locked up; however, there were points made about self responsibility.
Books like these are good due to the facts that they give; however, it does not offer any suggestions for prevention and being a countable for ones own actions.
Alexander beautifully presents the urgency of the racial caste system in the US. This is a comprehensive account of the effect the prison system has on black men and women today. It truly is the white man's new jim crow.
This book will shape the history of America's future. Exceptionally well done and insightful work. It is a must read to our generation and anyone who desires to move America into its best future. It's that important it's that much of a revelation. If you haven't read it you're probably profoundly uninformed about the most important issue facing America today. I know I was among those with no clue. Glad I finally read the book.