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

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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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    Courtney WEST SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 02-16-13
    Courtney WEST SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 02-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    What did you love best about The New Jim Crow?

    The New Jim Crow lays out facts that support the way many minorities have felt for decades.


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

    I particularly enjoyed the education I received on the implementation of the War on Drugs and its unusual timing.


    What does Karen Chilton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Susan 11-16-17
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    "very insightful "

    "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander is a must read for people of all colors.

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    Paola V. Hidalgo Fort Myers, FL USA 11-14-17
    Paola V. Hidalgo Fort Myers, FL USA 11-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "what a great book"

    this is one of many books every person who lives in the USA should read.

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    Lauren 11-09-17
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    "Great points but repetitive"

    Loved the book. Eye opening and very interesting. Everyone should read this! However it does seem a bit repetitive and could have been shorter.

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    Jennifer Katz 11-03-17 Member Since 2015
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    "A vast, shattering book. A must-read."

    I thought I understood the history and current state of racial politics in America, but the evidence and argument of this book showed me where my assumptions and ignorance were still directing my thoughts and actions. Every American, and certainly every white American, should read this important book.

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    Anonymous 10-27-17
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    "lots of reinforcement"

    lots of information i never knew racial law suits were caped. shame on America. .

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    Mark N. 10-26-17
    Mark N. 10-26-17
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    "Impressive and Informative"

    This book was very well done, and full of historical facts. The topic was sad and somewhat depressing. An unbiased person, after reading this book, should recognize there is a huge racial problem with our prison system.

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    Cara 10-20-17
    Cara 10-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Read too late"

    I wish I’d read this before it was years old and after attending law school. It’s well written and sadly very accurate. However, by now, it’s not new to me. If you don’t get the connection between the War in Drugs and a racial underclass in America, you must listen to this book.

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    walter f. morris 10-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "The most important and compelling book I have ever read."

    Read this book. Help to pivot the discussion from taking a knee to ending mass incarceration and the war on drugs. If you can't read the whole book, at least read the last section. And pass it on. Thank you, Michelle Alexander.

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