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
I didn't think that anything could surprise me or cause me to be more appalled by the state of the American "justice" system. I was wrong. This book is an absolute must read for any civic - minded individual.
I truly loved the information given and explain to help clarify why things are done and how they are perpetuated. in our lives there are things we don't want exposed but are needed to learn about even if it is uncomfortable.
Taught me things I never knew before. She laid it out with studies and proof of ber stance and demonstrated how racism has changed yet stayed the same a true classic on what needs to be done next in the fight for black rights, and mostly how this fight needs to change towards human rights in America. As a man who dives deep into race issues, she closed the book on what true inclusion means and blows past the surface reforms we've seen.
Please listen or read especially if you are a teacher in an inner city school. Teach your students that the deck is stacked and the only way to win is to not play at all. The justice system is seriously broken. Kids that make dumb mistakes are not meant to recover.
It's a bit repetitive but this is an approachable read for an unapproachable issue. I wish more people had an interest in this sort of objective analysis on seemingly non-objective matters
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