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 comparison to the old Jim Crow and slavery are striking. Don't think the country is ready for the types of reforms needed to fix this HUGE problem. They are necessary though!
Thank you M. Alexander, you a have awake my desires for the truth and further my need to educate, unite and love our less fortunate brothers and sisters. Some many of these facts were just feelings and passions for me. To see and hear them articulated so well has me filled with an array of emotions from pride to anger. I pray and hope everyone get this book, it's needed information.
I may very well get back to a more complex review of this book I'm going to take the time to say only this - this is required reading. Sometimes redundant, only to drive home ideas so many refuse to acknowledge on the basis of post-racial apologetics or apathy or anger at their own marginalization. This book a here's to the eternal message of compassion and a need for a movement to dismantle a system based in basic human dignity. My gauge for who you are as a human being hinges on much of the material in this book.
If you don't understand racism, this book explains it. A clear picture of how the past has shaped present day for blacks in America. The first chapter alone is brilliant! Listen with an unbiased ear and open heart and maybe you will get a glimpse of what "the struggle" really is.
Reading performance and story are essentially irrelevant in comparison with the quality and value of the content.
I wish I had read this years ago. I would have been able to radically alter my behavior much sooner. I have a much greater understanding of the culture I live in and how racism has evolved in the US. Alexander lays out a chronological and balanced argument against "colorblindness." This book shows the difference between calling all white people racist and saying that we all, blacks included, implicitly read black and brown people as 'criminal.' If you are a "white" person who truly wants to understand race and crime, this book is for you. If you're one who doesn't, this book is still for you, so I ask you to read it anyway.
This book, in any form should be required reading for ALL people who live in the United States of America.
This book is mandatory for anyone who wishes to have an intellectual discussion on race. It should be taught in high school the same year civics and government is taught in History or Social Studies. I can't stress the importance of this book enough. Excellent!
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