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.
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.
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.
In that Way
Both the audio and written edition are invaluable. Karen Chilton's voice is lovely and apropos. However the depth and intensity of the book lends itself to written copies that can be annotated.
Michelle makes so many critical points in the book that one should take frequent extended pauses to reflect. Of mention is the case of the Montgomery bus boycott. A number of people chose not to move to the back of the bus. However, Michelle argues that both black and other leaders would not wager on those with less than impeccable characters. Thus it was Rosa Parks' relative infallibility, not just her courage, that made her the perfect poster for such a boycott.
While remarkable to have men and women in any community of such moral standard, this underlines the stark difference between black oppression and white privilege. Being on the side of right in one instance is not enough for blacks to receive just treatment. A man of color must be above reproach. This is rarely the case for those of the fairer persuasion.
Karen's voice is superb. This is the first book I have listened to with her narrating. I cannot wait to find another book by her.
The sublime social web of institutionalized racism.
I highly recommend this book to whites who are not racist but find it difficult to imagine that racism remains prevalent to this day.
This book helped open my and bring about clarity on the disparate legal system & how the legal system takes part, cleverly hidden I may add, in the new form of slave labor. The book provides FACTUAL comparisons and legal cases that can be researched on one's own & state the same case of the new reality; The New Jim Crow. What's great about the book, it lays out how not one person, thing, race, organization, etc is innocent of having a hand in Mass Incarceration. Michelle Alexander dug deep and holds back nothing with presenting facts, criticism (even that of herself ), and suggested paths of solutions. I believe this book can be & should be a text book in High Schools, Colleges & Universities throughout America! Narrated beautifully as well as directed. Easy to understand & comprehend!
As someone raised in the Deep South during desegregation, I have a lot of baggage that has caused me to stereotype and judge things I don't understand. I have been on a journey of the blinders coming off, so to speak, and this book is one huge chunk of that revelation. I still have much to learn but I am so thankful to have gained the insight to understand the fear and anger that African Americans and others of color face every day of their lives. This should not be. I will do what I am able to bring solutions.
Say something about yourself!
anyone who is qualified to vote in America should read this book, especially if you or someone you know has ever been incarcerated. This text will shine a light on the intricate manipulation of the American poor that has had impoverished whites and people of color on opposing sides for so long -- at the benefit of what we would now call the 1%.