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.
This book documents the war on drugs with all of its impact on our society. While the war may benefit the owners of commercial jails, the impact on people of color is tragic. It is hard to imagine that this book cn be ignored, and change is inevitable if .it is widely read by intelligent and honest people.
All that is necessary for evil totriumph is for good people to do nothing. I doubt that anyone, even Republicans, will read this book and not seek change..
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.
As a white woman, I have a long history of seeking friendships with "colorful" people... Early childhood memories include Willetta (a black girlfriend) & Kenji (a boy who moved to our apartment complex knowing not one word of English). In my early dating years, I fell in love with Bert, a classmate, who was among the few black teens who arrived by bus at our newly integrated school. Even though my grandparents were racist, my mother never shared this fact & I was surprised when (years later) my grandmother disowned me because I was dating another black man. 35 years & 2 children later, we are still married. Upon reading this book, my eyes have been opened wider. It convinces me that we have a long, journey ahead. I am so thankful for the vision and wisdom of those in the early Civil Rights Movement -and- equally in awe of the incisive work of Michelle Alexander. I have just finished a class, taught by a prominent black woman at our church- who recommended this book. We have much to do in our shared work as educators.
This is the first book I read about this subject matter. It is a good introduction to what happened between the civil rights movement in the 1950s and today in the U.S. in how segregation has evolved from a visible to an invisible most dangerous hand that manipulates the politics of encarceration within a legal frame and power control by restricting voting rights and access to public assistance to felons to perpetuate a cycle that locks out "the black and brown undesirable" from the economic and political arena.
I am a younger Latino so I was not aware of half the things I learned here. The book will teach you about the current social struggle of black and brown communities in the U.S.
While I am fortunate to be bilingual and read the book in English, I wish it were available in Spanish to extend awareness to monolingual Latinos in the U.S. who would deeply benefit from this reading.
Let me start off by saying I am white, and I am a firm believer in prison reform which is why I initially bought the book. Alexander spent most of the book blaming white people for the suffering of African Americans and sending off any idea that blacks are somewhat responsible for their choices. She attributes some of the harm to "gangster rap" media, but only briefly, and continually seems to condone if not almost encourage drug use. I was thrown off by the tone of her narration and her extremely negative attitude to the possibility of an American Dream, I.e restitution out of poverty. But instead she just blamed the white guys. Michelle, I enjoyed your book and learned a great deal from it, but in the end I couldn't get over the image of you pointing your finger at a group of white people and scolding by repeatedly yelling "this is all your fault."
P.s. The CIA planted coke in the ghettos.... Cmon. You think the CIA has that type of cash to just throw away a few kilos of blow? Nah
This book sheds light on the consequences of Mass incarceration. I didn't fathom the many ways that people of every race are affected. If you want to know the political background of the drug war this will inform you. This book will awaken your mind. It certainly did mine.