The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
- 5 Time AALBC.com Bestselling Book!
- Selected for 2 Book Clubs’s Reading Lists
- 9 Time Power List Bestselling Book
- An NAACP Image Award Honored Book
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."