The New Jim Crow – Book Excerpt
I have yet to have the privilege to read the entire book, but today I found an excerpt of The New Jim Crow online and couldn’t help but read it. One of the most inspiring bits of information for me is that this book was authored by a working mom of 3. I don’t have to tell you how much dedication and commitment this fact alone demonstrates. The intro to the book has been excellent, and while it may seem like a topic that not everyone can digest, I would absolutely recommend that EVERYONE read this book.
I’ve ordered my copy and will be reviewing it here in the near future, but I would love to invite you to read the excerpt below if you haven’t read this book yet. It’s definitely eye opening and pieces together some unignorable facts that will make you question our criminal justice system in new ways.
If you have read the book, I would love to hear your thoughts, so please share, either in the comments or by emailing me (there’s a form at the bottom of my about page).
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.”
Called “stunning” by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David Levering Lewis, “invaluable” by the Daily Kos, “explosive” by Kirkus, and “profoundly necessary” by the Miami Herald, this updated and revised paperback edition of The New Jim Crow, now with a foreword by Cornel West, is a must-read for all people of conscience.
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