The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness

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Penguin Books, 2019 - African American prisoners - 312 pages
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The phenomenal New York Times bestseller now published in the UK for the first time

Once in a great while a book comes along that radically changes our understanding of a crucial political issue and helps to fuel a social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander offers a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status, denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights movement.

Challenging the notion that the election of Barack Obama signalled a new era of colourblindness in the United States, The New Jim Crow reveals how racial discrimination was not ended but merely redesigned. By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of colour, the American 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 colourblindness.

A searing call to action for everyone concerned with social justice, The New Jim Crow is one of the most important books about race in the 21st century.

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User Review  - Vulco1 - LibraryThing

Whew.... What can I say about this book. Very well written. Great use of sources. Very informative. Gave me lots of good background and info. So much so, I'll have to resist the urge to become a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Citizenjoyce - LibraryThing

I remain surprised that neither Alexander nor those in the abolition (of the police force) people have anything good to say about Obama. She does say that they have to be willing to upset their allies ... Read full review

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About the author (2019)

Michelle Alexander is a civil rights lawyer and advocate, legal scholar and New York Times columnist. She has served as a professor at several universities, including Stanford Law School and is currently a visiting professor at Union Theological Seminary in New York. Prior to entering academia, she served as the director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California, where she coordinated the media advocacy, grassroots organizing, coalition building, and litigation.

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