The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander
- A Top 10 Book in the “Nonfiction Books from the 21st Century” Category
- 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
Publication Date: Jan 16, 2012
List Price: $19.95
Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Imprint: The New Press
Publisher: The New Press
Parent Company: The New Press
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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."
- Social Science / Discrimination & Race Relations
- Social Science / Ethnic Studies / African American Studies
- Social Science / Penology
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