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
The New Jim Crow lays out facts that support the way many minorities have felt for decades.
I particularly enjoyed the education I received on the implementation of the War on Drugs and its unusual timing.
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.
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.
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.
It's in the upper middle.
No this was the first
No this was the first; however, her reading of the book made it interesting.
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.
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.
This book tells the truth that one cane deny. read it ASAP you will not be disappointed at all. The criminal justice system temperature is working just as it was designed for.
I finished this book in less than a week. I listened to it during my commute, while I showered, while I folded laundry, anytime I could listen I did. I recommend having a physical copy available to reference because of the sheer amount of facts one will want to remember. M. Alexander has done exactly what she set out to do and has impassioned this reader to seek racial and economic justice in our society, for far too long have we had and ignored the disenfranchised; those by our apathy and ignorance that have been regulated as second class citizens... outcasts. It breaks my heart that this book so clearly shows the injustices, and dare I say human rights violations, occurring in America today, and yet nothing has changed. Without a true social movement we will never obtain justice and equality, I am ready for that movement.
this book was well researched, written and presented. It is a great way to understand what is going on with the prisoners/felons before and after they get out of prison.
Thank you for bringing the facts together to make the strongest case for All of Us to do this urgent work to save our nation and bring about a democratic society.
I am recommending this book to friends and family.
Thank you to Michele Alexander for this sobering, enlightens book. I have listened to many dozen audio books and never felt compelled to write a review--until now. I lived, but did not see; supported but did not understand; and counted myself as a social conscious person when it comes to race. This book evokes shame for my naivete, anger for the destruction of so very much of society's potential, and disbelief that so many people were involved in masterminding such a cruel hoax. But the facts are incontrovertible.
Where do we go from here.?
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