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  • Published: New York : New Press, 2010.
  • Year Published: 2010
  • Description: 290 p.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

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  • 9781595581037
  • 1595581030
  • 1595586431


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The new Jim Crow : mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness

by Alexander, Michelle.

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Call number: Black Studies 364.34 Al, 364.34 Al

Additional Details

The rebirth of caste -- The lockdown -- The color of justice -- The cruel hand -- The new Jim Crow -- The fire this time.

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Challenging... but crucial... book

I found this at the library next to a sign saying that it was the Ann Arbor/ Ypsilanti Reads book for 2013. It's amazing.

You can read the summary yourself, but the very short version is that the author lays out clear and deeply compelling arguments that this country, following the demise of slavery and Jim Crow segregation, has instituted a third institutional and *systemic* racial caste system. She details how she didn't believe it herself at first, and why she changed her mind. She lays out clear evidence that this is true throughout our culture, politics, law enforcement, and (most horrifically) through the legal system all the way up to the Supreme Court. The repercussions, for individuals and communities, are discussed.

It's a hard, hard book. And I've got to say that one of the things that makes this one hard is that she doesn't offer us a nice neat series of steps to fix it. Alexander sees her role as the first, critical step of making us (the community as a whole) see that the problem exists. For the most part, she leaves it for others to pick up the baton from there. Because if you don't see that there's a problem, then you can't even BEGIN to address it.

It's a hard, hard book... and an absolutely critical one. This should be on EVERY community's "to read" list.

The most worthwhile read in years...

I only wish everyone could read this book – it helped me piece together phenomena that I didn't previously understand in US History, despite having taught the subject for four years (and having a degree in it, too). Now we just need to act... perhaps the first act can be getting someone else to read the book? I hope that this will begin the needed shift in racial consciousness, along with the necessary shifts in policy regarding the War on Drugs and mass incarceration.


This book is stunning and mind blowing from page 1. Well written and elegantly organized it tackles an issue no one is talking about. You'll be talking after you read this book.

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