What I most deeply appreciate about this work is its depth and fullness, it sincere caring, unapologetic straightforward courage, its clarity, and its point-on focus about one of the greatest, most troubling, and far too often evaded issues this nation faces.
Michelle Alexander is absolutely brilliant, bold, and a true giant in the struggle for human decency and justice. The New Jim Crow shows how contemporary methods have undergone a careful refinement in order to perpetuate the worn-out racial caste system in America.
Comparing the "New Jim Crow" to previous forms of control, Michelle shows how precisely this new systems is tailored to match the subtleties of current conditions, conditions not so apt to exhibit or support more overt forms of bigotry. She shows how stereotypical images in the media about people of color in general, and young black men in particular feed an established belief system in the back of the American mind that continues to want to hold that there are some humans that are better, more valuable than others, that people of color are more prone to criminal behaviors than whites, although the facts suggest that crime is committed at surprisingly similar rates among all people.
What this book clearly shows is that 1. It is much more easier for people of color to get snatched up in the criminal "justice" system than ever before. 2. Once caught, one is stuck in the system for a much longer periods of time than ever before. 3. And once one has paid their debt in this way, one can;t seem to get beyond stigma of the experience of having been incarcerated (loss of rights, inability to get employment, housing, government benefits, etc.).
Michelle acknowledges and does not excuse the deep pain and overwhelming destruction caused by crime, but she carefully shows how the current system is really not so much about eliminating crime as it is eliminating and disempowering the presence of free people of color in this society.
This book is well researched, clean and crisp, presenting an abundance of facts upon which it base its arguments. I would recommend it to anyone who has a heart to care and a mind to know the truth, and the conviction that humanity can set a far better example of what it means to be civilized.
Karen Chilton does an excellent job narrating this work. She helps keep the focus on the work itself, and her reading is flawless.
The enormous amount of knowledge and clarity about this deeply important subject. I plan to listen to it again with more attention to the details.
I am deeply grateful to Michelle Alexander for putting forth such a great effort and producing a work of such quality and value.
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.