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The New Jim Crow Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Raf 04-05-16
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    "Repetetive"

    The thesis is repeated 10 times in every chapter. The book could entail the same information and make a better more succinct point.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    William 09-11-15
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    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!

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    Patricia Hambsch 07-10-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Include in classroom History Readings"

    Very informative and stimulating!! This book should be a must read for all middle school students!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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


    9 of 13 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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    "One of the most important books I've ever read."
    Any additional comments?

    After finishing the book I bought eight copies in paperback for others to read. This is not an easy read, but it is a "must read".

    10 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Howard Grove City, PA, United States 09-19-14
    Howard Grove City, PA, United States 09-19-14 Member Since 2016
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    "More victomology, really?"

    While the disproportionate level of black incarceration reported in this book is shocking enough to rally the objective minded into accepting the idea that racial bias is to blame, with deeper thought we can see how easily disparate causes may be conflated in this issue.
    Is it honest to lump the high number of incarcerated black males into the same group as if all of them are victims, even if the legacy of unfair discrimination prejudices us in that direction? How many of the jailed group got there legitimately? The idea that the “get tough on crime” philosophy decried in this work is a conscious effort to herd black men into jail is the sort of comment that depends heavily upon white guilt, a tactic worn threadbare from overuse. Are we expected to follow some kind of quota system so that only a proportionate number of black offenders are taken off the street?
    The author insists that the war on drugs is a vehicle of oppression. But having identified it as such, why does she not encourage resistance to this exposed enemy? Why not rally African-Americans to reject illegal drugs and the culture that sustains those drugs, now that the way forward is clear? Instead she uses the malady as an excuse, blaming the usual suspects, as if a group can truly grow strong by compelling another group to lift them out of a pit. Nay! I have seen and known far too many tough and admirable African-Americans to buy this argument.
    And as other reviewers have noted, to conveniently leave out the pivotal detail about Ricky Ray Rector’s execution—that he damaged his own brain with a suicide attempt—leaves a hole in her credibility one could drive a truck through.

    8 of 12 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 Member Since 2017
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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.

    4 of 6 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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    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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    Douglas C. Bates Boston, MA 01-03-13
    Douglas C. Bates Boston, MA 01-03-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Critically Important Book, But Needs Editing"

    This book made me sad and angry.

    I'm angry that the War on Drugs is disguised war on Blacks and Latinos, and especially on young Black men. Michelle Alexander looks at the War on Drugs from every angle to show how the War on Drugs is selectively pursued to perpetuate a racial underclass, and how each step in that pursuit is covered with plausible deniability that the gross racial disparities that the system produces are racially motivated.

    The War on Drugs is not only a mistake like Prohibition was; it is indeed the new Jim Crow. It's evil, wrapped up in intentions that sound good.

    I'm sad that Michelle Alexander did not write a better book about the problem. The book is verbose and repetitive, making the same points again and again, in just slightly different ways. The sentences are even flabby. This book could be reduced by half and leave nothing useful out. This would make it a far more compelling read, allowing it to reach a broader audience. This, too, is a tragedy. This message needs to be heard.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful

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