The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
Of all of the books I have read in 2018, The New Jim Crow was the most important one. Often I am blind to my own privilege in life, but I’ve been striving to not only become aware of my privilege but to be able to use my position for good when I can.
In her book, Michelle describes three stages of mass, government-sanctioned racist policies. Slavery, the Jim Crow Era, and Mass Incarceration. Until recently, because I was taught that “being colorblind” was correct, I often ignored why the majority of incarcerated people where black men, why the media always shows black mugshots but white Facebook profile pictures, why I was uncomfortable in black communities as a kid, etc. While I consider myself liberal politically, her book convicted me to spend just a little bit more time in the nuance of my political views (e.g., some of the highest rates of mass incarceration were under Obama and Clinton’s administrations).
The book is dense, detailed, and will thoroughly convince you that our federally-funded, police-state, “War on Drugs” is nothing more than government control of black Americans. It’s Jim Crow under a new name, and in many cases, worse.
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