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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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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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    David sunnyvale, CA, United States 02-20-13
    David sunnyvale, CA, United States 02-20-13
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    What did you love best about The New Jim Crow?

    I thought I knew what was going on in the criminal justice system but this book opened my eyes. I highly recommend it.


    1 of 2 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
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dee ALPINE, CA, United States 02-12-13
    Dee ALPINE, CA, United States 02-12-13
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    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    possibly.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    While Michelle brings up some interesting points, I felt that there was too broad a blanket cast on the topic in general. It is a very opinionated book (not that is necessarily a bad thing), but I felt some basic logic was missing. What about the personal responsibility for committing the crime in the first place?


    Was The New Jim Crow worth the listening time?

    Hard to sit through if you do not agree with her position on the topic


    Any additional comments?

    I partially agree with some offenders should be given at least some of their "citizen" rights after a period of time, but I cannot say that this should pertain to all offenders. Although statistics support that offenders with darker skin are more likely to go to prison and serve longer sentences, I am not sure that I would go as far as saying this is a plot against all persons with darker skin.

    1 of 2 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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Colin BOSTON, MA, United States 05-10-13
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    "A reality check on Racial Justice in America"

    What I loved about this book was the the detailed, thoughtful analysis Alexander undertook to throw light on the darkness that has dominated the conversation about racial equality and our criminal justice system. It is a brutally honest look at the system we have created, and in taking such a close look, she makes something possible that was not possible before: Justice. Equality. Dignity. An end to the permanent underclass system of mass incarceration.

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    Kindra Harrisonburg, VA, United States 04-12-13
    Kindra Harrisonburg, VA, United States 04-12-13
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    "A must read!"
    What did you love best about The New Jim Crow?

    The narrator had a soothing voice and clarity of words. She did not distract from the content with her tone or inflection and I enjoyed listening to her interpretation of the writing.


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

    Every part of this book is critical and connected.


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

    I have not.


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

    What everyone should know about crime, poverty, racism, and punishment in North America today.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the most important social justice issues facing our country today.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary Ann St. Louis, MO, USA 04-08-13
    Mary Ann St. Louis, MO, USA 04-08-13
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    "Compelling Statistics Make a Compelling Read"
    If you could sum up The New Jim Crow in three words, what would they be?

    At first I was sorry Michelle Alexander was relying on statistics and accounts of court judgments to make her case. I was expecting heart-rending personal stories. But her clarity is riveting. She demonstrates, period by period in recent history, case by case in law, how African Americans have come to be imprisoned unjustly and without recourse.

    I've begun giving this book to state legislators and following up with discussion about it. Our prisons are overcrowded and The New Jim Crow provides a rationale for reducing felonies, reducing sentences, shielding sentences and expunging them.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elena Chicago, IL, United States 04-01-13
    Elena Chicago, IL, United States 04-01-13
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    "Very interesting but not objective at all"

    I enjoyed this book. I think it is well researched but I felt it put the black men as victims. I just finished " Slavery by another name" and I felt it was very much objective.
    I do agree that there is racism and race affects laws. Yet, I believe this is an amazing country and we all have the possibility to create something great out of ourselves regarding of race. I am proof of that .
    I mean, the author talks about " mothers caught with crack" and going to jail. I agree the sentence may be too harsh sometimes, but why a mom had crack in the house in the first place?
    I just felt it was imbalanced.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kitty United States 01-02-13
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    "eye opening"
    If you could sum up The New Jim Crow in three words, what would they be?

    Very eye opening


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the fact that in this book Ms. Alexander really addresses the issue head on.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Been more dramatic. It seemed so mono toned


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    Campbell Philadelphia, PA, United States 12-24-12
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    "Thought-provoking"
    What did you love best about The New Jim Crow?

    Eye-opening thesis. Very exhaustively researched presented in cogent way. I found myself regarding police officers on the side of the road in a different light: as agents of social control rather than neutral entities.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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