The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle AlexanderThe New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

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

byMichelle Alexander

Paperback | January 16, 2012

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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."

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.
Michelle Alexander is an associate professor of law at Ohio State University and holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity. Formerly the director of the ACLU’s Racial Justice Project in Northern California, Alexander served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun. Cor...
Title:The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of ColorblindnessFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 9.2 × 6.1 × 0.75 inPublished:January 16, 2012Publisher:The New PressLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOKE After watching The 13th on Netflix I was compelled to read this book and it has further woken me up to the fundamental role that racism plays in mass incarceration in the US.
Date published: 2017-05-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Necessary This book taught me way more than I thought it would. It really gives you a thorough look at how the system operates and it gave me a critical eye towards other areas of life. Superb writing and examples, it was a very compelling read #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Woke me up! If you want to understand the ongoing racial tensions in the United States and how seemingly non-racist talk can still be coded for racism, then read this book. Alexander makes an excellent case for systemic racism in the U.S.A. She describes how the end of the slavery in the U.S evolved into Jim Crow laws which have subsequently transitioned into the current system of Mass Incarceration with a significantly disproportionate number of people of colour being imprisoned and being denied justice. This book is a must read.
Date published: 2016-12-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Revelation Excellent, but shocking read.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Good I really enjoyed the truth in this book I would have gave it and Excellent, if it would have elabarated on how incarceration affect the incarcerated children from getting jobs and housing basic on what their family member was accuse of. The New Jim Crow is detroying genaration It a excellent read
Date published: 2015-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excelent read Very opened my.eyes to a lot of things. I think every black man in america should read it
Date published: 2013-03-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must read Just started reading this book and it's very informative. Its a must read.
Date published: 2013-02-19

Editorial Reviews

Devastating. . . . Alexander does a fine job of truth-telling, pointing a finger where it rightly should be pointed: at all of us, liberal and conservative, white and black.-ForbesAlexander is absolutely right to fight for what she describes as a “much-needed conversation” about the wide-ranging social costs and divisive racial impact of ourcriminal-justice policies.-NewsweekInvaluable . . . a timely and stunning guide to the labyrinth of propaganda, discrimination, and racist policies masquerading under other names that comprises what we call justice in America.-Daily KosMany critics have cast doubt on the proclamations of racism’s erasure in the Obama era, but few have presented a case as powerful as Alexander’s.-In These TimesCarefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable.-Publishers Weekly[Written] with rare clarity, depth, and candor.-CounterpunchA call to action for everyone concerned with racial justice and an important tool for anyone concerned with understanding and dismantling this oppressive system.-SojournersUndoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S.-Birmingham News