I thought I knew what was going on in the criminal justice system but this book opened my eyes. I highly recommend it.
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.
While Michelle brings up some interesting points, I felt that there was too broad a blanket cast on the topic in general. It is a very opinionated book (not that is necessarily a bad thing), but I felt some basic logic was missing. What about the personal responsibility for committing the crime in the first place?
Hard to sit through if you do not agree with her position on the topic
I partially agree with some offenders should be given at least some of their "citizen" rights after a period of time, but I cannot say that this should pertain to all offenders. Although statistics support that offenders with darker skin are more likely to go to prison and serve longer sentences, I am not sure that I would go as far as saying this is a plot against all persons with darker skin.
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.
What I loved about this book was the the detailed, thoughtful analysis Alexander undertook to throw light on the darkness that has dominated the conversation about racial equality and our criminal justice system. It is a brutally honest look at the system we have created, and in taking such a close look, she makes something possible that was not possible before: Justice. Equality. Dignity. An end to the permanent underclass system of mass incarceration.
The narrator had a soothing voice and clarity of words. She did not distract from the content with her tone or inflection and I enjoyed listening to her interpretation of the writing.
Every part of this book is critical and connected.
I have not.
What everyone should know about crime, poverty, racism, and punishment in North America today.
This is one of the most important social justice issues facing our country today.
At first I was sorry Michelle Alexander was relying on statistics and accounts of court judgments to make her case. I was expecting heart-rending personal stories. But her clarity is riveting. She demonstrates, period by period in recent history, case by case in law, how African Americans have come to be imprisoned unjustly and without recourse.
I've begun giving this book to state legislators and following up with discussion about it. Our prisons are overcrowded and The New Jim Crow provides a rationale for reducing felonies, reducing sentences, shielding sentences and expunging them.
I enjoyed this book. I think it is well researched but I felt it put the black men as victims. I just finished " Slavery by another name" and I felt it was very much objective.
I do agree that there is racism and race affects laws. Yet, I believe this is an amazing country and we all have the possibility to create something great out of ourselves regarding of race. I am proof of that .
I mean, the author talks about " mothers caught with crack" and going to jail. I agree the sentence may be too harsh sometimes, but why a mom had crack in the house in the first place?
I just felt it was imbalanced.
Very eye opening
I love the fact that in this book Ms. Alexander really addresses the issue head on.
Been more dramatic. It seemed so mono toned
Eye-opening thesis. Very exhaustively researched presented in cogent way. I found myself regarding police officers on the side of the road in a different light: as agents of social control rather than neutral entities.