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

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Format: Paperback
Classification: Nonfiction
Page Count: 336
ISBN13: 9781595586438
Imprint: The New Press
Publisher: The New Press
Parent Company: The New Press

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Book Description:

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness.

With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status, even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness.

In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action."



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