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Summary of The New Jim Crow: by Michelle Alexander | Includes Analysis

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Summary of The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander | Includes Analysis

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The New Jim Crow argues that the ongoing "War on Drugs" and the resulting mass incarceration of African Americans is the moral equivalent of Jim Crow.

Beginning in the 17th century, institutions emerged in colonial America that contributed to the creation of a racial caste system. America's current racial caste system builds upon the legacy of both chattel slavery that existed in the United States prior to the Civil War and on the system of Jim Crow laws that designated African Americans to second-class citizenship in many parts of the American South prior to the civil rights movement.

This racial caste system is perpetuated across the country by members of both political parties. It has resulted in a large number of African American men who cannot vote, serve on juries, or find employment and housing. Discrimination against convicts is legally accepted and widespread...

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Really like the summary. I usually like to find the nuance in arguments, but I appreciated the succinct version of this book. The author really misses the mark on the conclusions she is making regarding the war on drugs being a purposeful way to impose a new type of slavery on black people. Much of the inception of the war on drugs fell to the black community trying to preserve itself, not the white man trying to tear it down.

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