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The New Jim Crow Audiobook
The New Jim Crow
Written by: 
Michelle Alexander
Narrated by: 
Karen Chilton
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The New Jim Crow Audiobook

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

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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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    Leslie Mayzels 12-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "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


    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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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.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Richard DEERFIELD, ILLINOIS, United States 12-09-12
    Richard DEERFIELD, ILLINOIS, United States 12-09-12
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    "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).

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

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

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    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'.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Gare&Sophia Alexandria, VA, United States 11-27-12
    Gare&Sophia Alexandria, VA, United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2012

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

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    "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.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Hew 07-05-16
    Hew 07-05-16
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    "Written like a lawyer would write a summation"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The author is an attorney and writes like one. The exact same line is repeated over and over again. Alexander has way of listing facts and then subtly introduce an opinion to try to present it as another fact. I guess I feel the book is poorly edited.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Listening to Jefferson and Hamilton


    What about Karen Chilton’s performance did you like?

    Very good performance.


    Did The New Jim Crow inspire you to do anything?

    Alexander is kind of all over the place. She list a lot of problems but very few solutions. She contradicts herself a lot i.e. she states in the beginning of the book that this book is only going to deal with Black men, but then through out the entire book she includes hispanics. The book left me with the feeling there was nothing a single person could do.


    Any additional comments?

    This is another book that I wish audible.com would include the meta data for the book. The author does not reference her sources in the text of this version of the book so I have no way to look at the information and studies she is quoting from.

    By the end of the book I think a better title for this book would have been "Why is everyone stupid except me?" Alexander claims prosecutors and DAs are criminals, judges are too stupid to understand the laws they are charged to uphold, and public defenders just don't care. Since the author is an attorney and thus an officer of the court isn't she bound to report of file claims of moral or criminal wrong doings in the league system?

    In this book the reader learns that everyone is at fault for the current preponderance of black men incarcerated in the United States today.Well except her and civil rights organizations. After she gives a brief list of the things civil rights organizations are doing wrong including being top heavy with attorneys (such as herself) she states that these organizations can't be held responsible for the problems in the judicial system today.

    There are however plenty of people who are to blame. From my memory they are; white men, rural whites, poor whites, automakers, steel mills, the U.S. government, Presidents Obama, Clinton, Reagan, Johnson, and Roosevelt, Dick Cheney, universities, people who don't see color, people who see color, every man who has ever been a policeman or firefighter, people who support affirmative action, people who don't support affirmative action, black police chiefs, black police officers, the justice department,blacks who marry outside of their own race(this comment really shocked me coming from someone preaching this love and understanding message), the prison system, and I am sure the are more but you get the point.

    Alexander paints society with a very wide brush. If one officer is bad then they all are. And she applies this idea to many of the groups listed above.

    I was also left with the feeling when I was finished with the book that Alexander feels that young black men are too weak, poor, or uneducated to do anything for themselves. I feel she gives the part of society that she is saying we as a society need to lift up, very little credit for being strong and independent.

    There is a good story here that needs to be told but this book did not do it very well.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    William 09-11-15
    William 09-11-15
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    "Inspirational!"

    This book is a life changer. It really opened me to whats going on around me. I've been motivated to seek change.
    Great Book!

    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
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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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    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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    "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
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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.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Darrien D. Atlanta, GA, United States 08-13-12
    Darrien D. Atlanta, GA, United States 08-13-12
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    "The New Jim Crow"
    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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