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There is nothing I find more appealing in a non-fiction work than an articulate, well-researched, and well-constructed argument for a change in the perception of an American institution. Prison and incarceration is a large part of the American psyche -- in pop culture, legal imprisonment can sometimes seem equivalent to “justice.” Michelle Alexander shows how mass incarceration, which disproportionately affects Black peoples, especially Black men, is the exact opposite of what our common societal perception of justice should entail. This book is essential for anyone who would like to take a closer look at race, discrimination, stratification, and the historical outline for our current, legal system of oppression that exists within the mass imprisonment of people of color. Although this book is by no means completely comprehensive or completely critical of the issues surrounding American imprisonment culture and its connection to race and class, it is a great way to educate yourself and others on an issue that should be more within the American awareness and understandings of race and class discrimination that is wrongly justified by this country’s social constructions and government.
-Julia— From Julia M's Picks
“In The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander tirelessly researches both the legal history of America's Jim Crow past and the current legal policies that contribute to the mass incarceration of black people. The text adds significantly to scholarship that contextualizes rates of incarceration among blacks and critiques of social and economic inequality.”
— Bruce Smith, Colorado State University Bookstore, Fort Collins, CO
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