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Richard

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  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Michelle Alexander
    • Narrated By Karen Chilton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (337)
    Performance
    (289)
    Story
    (291)

    In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans.

    Alisha says: "Great Book a must read for every American!"
    "The 'War on Drugs' or a war on black men?"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I recommend this book to everyone - it contains ideas that we, as a free democracy must face - how can we assure equal opportunity for all.

    This book provides shocking statistics, surveys and testimonials arguing that the War on Drugs has become a war on young black men and is moving a huge percentage of these men into the control of our prison system, often for trivial amounts of drugs.


    What aspect of Karen Chilton’s performance would you have changed?

    I thought the narrator read as if this book were a story instead of the important thesis it is. Occasionally the narrator put the emphasis on the wrong words in a phrase, suggesting she was just reading words and not understanding the facts she was reading. Lastly, she pronounced 'lenGth' as 'lenth' and often pronounced 'd' as 't' as in 'Baldwin', 'administration', 'would' and others. It is not the Government 'Accountability' Office, either.


    If you could give The New Jim Crow a new subtitle, what would it be?

    A sobering look at our legal system (along with education and affirmative action) and the horrific effect it has had on the lives of black men (and thus all of us interested in a fair society).

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    'The War on Drugs' uses the 'Shock and Awe' of our legal system to annihilate the lives of black men.

    or

    Is the United States still a racially divided country - using the legal system to discriminate against young black men?

    or

    Not only is the 'War on Drugs' lost, but it has annihilated an entire segment of our population - young black men.

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    How our legal system, through the 'War on Drugs' has destroyed the lives of young minorities, especially blacks.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has at least 30 new and inter-related concepts about the war on drugs, the massive incarceration of black men, arrests for tiny amounts of drugs the horrible life of anyone who becomes a felon. the problems with a 'color-blind' society and much more. Slavery and Jim Crow laws in their time may not have been as bad for young black men as the war on drugs is today.

    This book also touches on other better-understood systemic problems in today's society, including unequal housing opportunities, unequal education opportunities, the failures of affirmative action and more. These huge intractable issues, along with the author's main topic, the unfairness of the implementation of the war on drugs, provide a grim picture of how difficult it will be to change society to provide 'justice for all'.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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