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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.
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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

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    Ransford ROSEVILLE, CA, United States 09-01-13
    Ransford ROSEVILLE, CA, United States 09-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Motes Tampa 09-24-14
    Sam Motes Tampa 09-24-14 Listener Since 2009

    Audible obsessed lifelong learner.

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    "Justice denied"

    The author builds the case that the mass incarceration of people is no mistake as the system has been made as the next evolution of the old Jim Crow laws in the south. She focuses on a broken war on drugs that have lead to a normalcy in the poor communities of everyone having a criminal back ground and how that background becomes a scarlet letter keeping them out of society and severely limiting their life choices.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jon Klamath Falls, OR, United States 12-05-12
    Jon Klamath Falls, OR, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2009
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    "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


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Courtney WEST SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 02-16-13
    Courtney WEST SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Speaks truth to "Power""
    What did you love best about The New Jim Crow?

    The New Jim Crow lays out facts that support the way many minorities have felt for decades.


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

    I particularly enjoyed the education I received on the implementation of the War on Drugs and its unusual timing.


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

    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.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    N. J. Parker Manchester, CT USA 11-12-12
    N. J. Parker Manchester, CT USA 11-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    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
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    Osaze Atlanta, GA, United States 08-13-12
    Osaze Atlanta, GA, United States 08-13-12
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    Where does The New Jim Crow rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the upper middle.


    If you’ve listened to books by Michelle Alexander before, how does this one compare?

    No this was the first


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

    No this was the first; however, her reading of the book made it interesting.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    TJ 07-29-15
    TJ 07-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Required reading."

    Alexander presents a tragic but brilliant analysis of the mass incarceration dilemma; in many ways worse than Jim Crow, because it is so easy to rationalize and deny.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Philip_ 07-24-15
    Philip_ 07-24-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic Work"

    This was a wonderful work that was deep and thoughtful without being angry or resorting to any silly assumptions. I did not believe, or want to believe, the basic premise of this book but I was won over by a more than compelling case and I'm motivated to the point of action. I would highly recommend this to anyone on either side of the race coin.

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    Sam 07-18-15
    Sam 07-18-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Must read for all Americans"

    This book addressed everything I didn't learn as a white student in public school about our dark history and more importantly ideas to fix it.

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    Eric 07-16-15
    Eric 07-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read."

    Want to unpack the criminal justice system as it relate to race? Start here. It is a clear and sobering look at just how slanted our system still is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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