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.
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She was able to connect all the dots in reference to our black men being targeted and tagged by the government all in the name of power.
Yes, this book hit so close to home and it was so sad to see the truth thrown in your face. Everyone in my book club felt the author spoke the truth but it was depressing to hear it.
I walked away from this book feeling less empowered and not knowing how to contribute to making a permanent change for the betterment of black people and black men in particular.
This is a must read for anyone who is interested in criminal justice or civil rights. I would go as far as to say that this is a must read for anyone who cares about humanity. A New Jimcrow will make you rethink your life and those of everyone around you.
Heart, mind, and eye opening book beautifully read by Karen Chilton. Puts a fire under our collective back side after compellingly revealing the truth. Important data.
This book was one of the most well written and soundly researched books I have read in a long while. As a person who has been involved with Social Justice work for what seems more than a lifetime, I found this book to be incredibly insightful. She provides the stats and facts to back up her claims along with the stories that show the devasting effects of mass incarceration on real people and real families . She lays bare what so many of witnesses on a daily basis; the far reaching effects of mass incarceration has on individuals, on families, and our Nation. A must read!! You may be saddened and enraged along the way, but the truth is often uncomfortable.
the truth will not be liked. it will be hated. but it is the truth. and the war on drugs is the new Jim Crow. that is the unblinking, unalterable truth.
Absolutely! There is so much detail and information to digest that has been glossed over for years. I read along with the reader to grasp more.
The book built a case for what has happened to African Americans since the start of the War on Drugs. The reader read it with in a style that kept you interested.
She was not over the top. She was steady and made the correct emphasis for the points.
Say something about yourself!
Breaks it down thoroughly and explains the challenges we face today with supporting historical context.