In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community — and all of us – -to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.
I have so much to say about this one, so let me get my one complaint out of the way.
This is a dense, textbook-like read.
However, for how long it takes to wade through the dry writing it is utterly amazing content and research and I just want to applaud the author.
This is an in-depth and eye-opening account of a world I’d otherwise have no knowledge of. As a white person it is my duty to understand what people of color have to endure, and have had to endure for centuries. This book makes a good job of thoroughly explaining a part of that experience.
So, thank you.