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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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    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.

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    Heidi K. 05-19-17
    Heidi K. 05-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "incredible"

    This book is difficult, eye opening, and brilliant. I left this book with a clearer vision of my place in the problem, but also an idea of how I can be better. My deepest gratitude to Michelle Alexander.

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    Iamnic 05-04-17
    Iamnic 05-04-17 Member Since 2016
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    "aii opener for me"

    love this book could not stop listening an eye opener very informative will recommend to friend

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    Kelene 04-25-17
    Kelene 04-25-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Should be mandatory Reading!"

    The author provides a thoughtfully and skillfully woven picture of the multi-layered, multi-dimensional, challenges that mass incarceration has cultivated, and its impact on men of color, their families, their communities, and society as a whole. A call to action provides a clear view of the effectiveness of past methods in mobilizing the masses, and describes a multi-pronged approach which should be used moving forward.

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    diana adams 04-24-17
    diana adams 04-24-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't miss this! Wonderful!"

    This book is essential reading/listening for anyone interested in race, law, criminal justice, politics, history, or human rights. I have been a civil rights lawyer for over 10 years, so I am very familiar with the subject matter and much of the information was not new to me, but even I benefited from the synthesis and connections drawn. The reader was wonderful to listen to and the right fit. Highly recommended!

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    Josh 04-19-17
    Josh 04-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Must Read"

    Power content! Great summary of how we are still struggling to address race issues in America. There were also some great recommendations for ease our racial indifference.

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    TM 04-12-17
    TM 04-12-17 Member Since 2016
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    "EXCELLENT!"
    What made the experience of listening to The New Jim Crow the most enjoyable?

    I recently wrote a research paper on the key aspects of the criminal justice system and their affects on those incarcerated and their communities. This book was an awesome read to expand that knowledge and other views.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    The author bringing to light the various ways that similar but racial different groups have been pitted against each other in order justify absurd laws and actions.


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    Vincent 04-12-17
    Vincent 04-12-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Every empatjetic American needs to read!"

    few books have been this powerful snd capamle of educating an changing minds and hearts

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    Carolyn Harris-Muchell 04-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It is a view that has not been presented as clearly.


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

    The statistics are overwhelming and difficult to hear.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    That people of color have become a business once again for private and government contracts.


    Any additional comments?

    Prisons can not be run by private concerns. Stop building private prisons and build school and music and science labs and true rehab centers!!!

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    Abigail Garcia 03-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Eyeopening"
    Would you listen to The New Jim Crow again? Why?

    Yes, the history and the passion keeps me intrigued and wanting more.


    What other book might you compare The New Jim Crow to and why?

    I can't compare the new jim crow to any other book...it stands out as a book all in its own category. this book should be taught in every high school.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the descriptions of the making of America


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes...but it is long enough to make me feel fulfillied


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