The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Audiobook | Michelle Alexander | Audible.com
We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
 >   > 
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness | [Michelle Alexander]

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

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.
Regular Price:$31.49
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

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. Once you’re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination - employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service - are suddenly legal.

©2012 Michelle Alexander (P)2012 Recorded Books, LLC

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.5 (268 )
5 star
 (175)
4 star
 (59)
3 star
 (19)
2 star
 (10)
1 star
 (5)
Overall
4.5 (227 )
5 star
 (156)
4 star
 (41)
3 star
 (17)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (4)
Story
4.4 (226 )
5 star
 (144)
4 star
 (51)
3 star
 (24)
2 star
 (2)
1 star
 (5)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Alisha POWDER SPRINGS, GEORGIA, United States 06-03-12
    Alisha POWDER SPRINGS, GEORGIA, United States 06-03-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great Book a must read for every American!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I was shocked and amazed at the content and how truly ignorant I was on the subject matter. I liked the fact that Ms. Alexander not only gave the historical context, facts and examples but also what we can to do to change it. This was a great book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The New Jim Crow?

    To know that the whole government is involved in the plot to incarcerate, control, and obliterate the rights of its citizens.


    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jeremy MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 04-28-12
    Jeremy MINNEAPOLIS, MN, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    47
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    33
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An essential read. A horrifying reality."

    The New Jim Crow has been reopening my eyes to the modern system of enslavement that still exists in our drug war culture. It’s a mechanized system of mass incarceration that ingests people and spits out corpses with the brandished label of a “criminal.”

    Too often we can create tunnel vision excuses for panoramic systems of injustice because we only analyze a problem based on the top 10% of the iceberg that’s in our face, meanwhile a behemoth lurks beneath the surface unnoticed. Michelle Alexander’s work in this book helps complete the picture. She dives down to get beneath the superficial anecdotes. She relays the history, identifies tipping points along the way and uses broad strokes and individual stories to make the message clear: Slavery may have ended, civil rights may be written into law, but there is a still a purposeful and intentional modern Jim Crow war against communities of color, and African Americans in particular, that can’t be denied.

    I strongly suggest if you’re a person of justice or seeking understanding, that you pick up The New Jim Crow.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Richard DEERFIELD, ILLINOIS, United States 12-09-12
    Richard DEERFIELD, ILLINOIS, United States 12-09-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The 'War on Drugs' or a war on black men?"
    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).

    or

    '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.

    or

    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
  •  
    Caro Miami 05-05-12
    Caro Miami 05-05-12 Member Since 2004
    HELPFUL VOTES
    51
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    76
    15
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Where have all the young men gone?"

    This is a piercing, courageous book that connected a lot dots for me. Michelle Alexander lays out a compelling, sturdily reasoned case that may explain a lot of very sick things in our society. The “war on drugs,” incentivizing biased police enforcement, unfair stereotyping of minority youth, prison profiteering, and fear of discussing racial issues are not the only perpetuating factors. Anyone who cares about social justice would appreciate this book. It interestingly written, although a bit repetitive and I believe the author could have said more about how the system perpetuates crime and violence. The reader Karen Chilton is one of the best I have heard in many hours of audible.com listening.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jon Klamath Falls, OR, United States 12-05-12
    Jon Klamath Falls, OR, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2005
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Inexcusable and indefensible."
    What made the experience of listening to The New Jim Crow the most enjoyable?

    This book documents the war on drugs with all of its impact on our society. While the war may benefit the owners of commercial jails, the impact on people of color is tragic. It is hard to imagine that this book cn be ignored, and change is inevitable if .it is widely read by intelligent and honest people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    All that is necessary for evil totriumph is for good people to do nothing. I doubt that anyone, even Republicans, will read this book and not seek change..


    Have you listened to any of Karen Chilton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chlo-bell CLIFTON, VA, United States 11-27-12
    Chlo-bell CLIFTON, VA, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2007

    Private intellectual, writer, and retired academic. Currently R&D director for Gravitational Systems Engineering, Inc.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    200
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    97
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    84
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An important read for all who treasure justice"
    Would you listen to The New Jim Crow again? Why?

    This a very dense yet understandable expaination of a common corruption of US justice.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    It revealed the silent struggles of those people whom we, despite our race, consider as the others. It brought in sharp relief the perils of casual drug use and poverty. If you enjoyed the book the Working Poor, this book is the other side of the page. I would also add that the overriding sense of the fallacy of exceptionalism, as applied to any group. In brief, most people are not exceptional, yet should you need to be above average to live a good life, and have a secure future? Should poverty or race magnify your lack of exceptionalism often to the level of tragedy. Should a teenage indescretion doom you to never being eligble to vote, or be eliglble for any public assistance, including basic food security. And can we afford to keep and increasingly large segment of the population in custody or supervision?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Although scenes are not relevant to this book, the most compelling understanding that I gained was the impact of many seemingly innocous supreme court decisions.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The stories about how grandmothers have been evicted from public housing because their grandson was arrested for drug possesion in a nearby park. Also, the explaination of pretex stops as a policy to search vehicles.


    Any additional comments?

    We should all be aware of this and many other forms of corruption that are rife in the US justice and legislative systems. If not from a sense of fairness, then from a sense of self peservation. As this population becomes more diverse these kinds of injustices are the meat and gravy of widespread social unrest. As our economy becomes increasingly dependent on machines, websites, and automation more and more people will be forced out of the mainstream of American life, and into the disenfranchised. Remember the history of the French revolution.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    John buffalo, NY, USA 12-25-13
    John buffalo, NY, USA 12-25-13 Member Since 2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "One of the most important books I've ever read."
    Any additional comments?

    After finishing the book I bought eight copies in paperback for others to read. This is not an easy read, but it is a "must read".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Leslie Mayzels Minneapolis, MN, United States 12-17-12
    Leslie Mayzels Minneapolis, MN, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    3
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    25
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "An Important Work of Non-Fiction"
    If you could sum up The New Jim Crow in three words, what would they be?

    This work of investigative history reveals the roots of racial inequality in American Justice; the secret 'mission' of the prison-industrial complex, the racism inherent to the justice system, and how it relates to the 'social caste' system in America. This book is a revelation AND truly revolutionary.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Plantation Prison System: The New Slavery in Neo-Feudal America


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Ransford ROSEVILLE, CA, United States 09-01-13
    Ransford ROSEVILLE, CA, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Lots of Information"
    What made the experience of listening to The New Jim Crow the most enjoyable?

    The content of the book and the way the information was narrated.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    The facts that were presented


    What does Karen Chilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She made it nice to listen to while riding in the car. Some of her voice narratives were good as well. Her voice was easy on the ears.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. The entire book was a moving experience. Especially the facts on drug use among different races, yet the amount of disproportion of incarceration in our justice system.


    Any additional comments?

    This book should be read/listened to by all who consider themselves active in the social justice movement. The facts in this book were well presented and gives answers to many questions that other ethnic groups may have about the troubles faced in the minority communities and people of the lower economic class.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  •  
    N. J. Parker Manchester, CT USA 11-12-12
    N. J. Parker Manchester, CT USA 11-12-12 Member Since 2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The New Jim Crow"
    If you could sum up The New Jim Crow in three words, what would they be?

    eye-opening, chilling, anger-producing


    What other book might you compare The New Jim Crow to and why?

    Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States


    Have you listened to any of Karen Chilton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Everyone should read this book and then alert others to what's going on.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Showing: 1-10 of 31 results PREVIOUS124NEXT

    There are no listener reviews for this title yet.

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.

CANCEL

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.