Henderson_macro6 9/14/2011 1:38 pm berkeley journal of gender, law & justice 396 the new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness by michelle alexander. The new jim crow challenges the civil rights community--and all of us--to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in america read a sample click to the right or left of the sample to turn the page. Michelle alexander is the author of the enormously influential the new jim crow and one of the country's leading thinkers on racial justice and criminal justice reform her bestselling book has ignited a movement and profoundly influenced policy debates. Michelle alexander michelle alexander is a legal scholar, human rights advocate, and author of the new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness (the new press) to submit a. Michelle alexander says that many of the gains of the civil rights movement have been undermined by the mass incarceration of blacks in the war on drugs.
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 us supreme court justice harry a blackmun. Alexander's seminal book, the new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness argues that prisons have become the latest form of economic and social disenfranchisement for young folks of color, particularly black men. November 13, 2012 in eugene, or a conversation with ta-nehisi coates with kathryn edin, bruce western & william julius wilson - duration: 1:31:27 harvard kennedy school's institute of politics. Mass incarceration is not the new jim crow by rl stephens ii on april 9, 2015 at this point, everybody and their mama has heard of the new jim crowsteve marioti, writing for huffington post, called it a must read for every american.
Crime—have propelled mass incarceration the idea that the criminal justice system discriminates in such a terrific fashion when few people openly express or endorse racial discrimination may seem far-fetched, if not absurd. The new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness is a book by michelle alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar the book discusses race-related issues specific to african-american males and mass incarceration in the united states. Michelle alexander photo provided by randall morton when mitt romney's comments about the 47 percent came to light, perhaps the most shocking part was made of two words rattled off in a list. Alexander, the author of the new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness, reportedly claimed there are more african american men in prison and jail, or on probation and parole.
Michelle alexander is a writer, civil rights advocate, and visiting professor at union theological seminary she is best known for her 2010 book the new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness. Michelle alexander's best-selling book, the new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness, hit store shelves in 2010, offering readers a much-needed discussion around the. Michelle alexander - acclaimed author of 'the new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness' - joins union faculty september 12, 2016. Michelle alexander, the new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness (new york & london: the new press, january 2010 [thesis the war on drugs has given birth to a permanent, mostly race-based underclass in the us we need a national discussion of the criminal justice system's role in creating and perpetuating this system. Mass incarceration is the gateway to the new jim crow, alexander's concept for understanding how black people in particular lack any real rights of citizenship law enforcement has almost carte blanche to stop people in cars and in the streets all the while claiming it is not for racist reasons.
Michelle alexander: yeah, i was just so proud of john legend for using his moment on that stage to speak to the crisis of mass incarceration in the united states and to raise awareness of the toll. Alexander's central argument is that this system of mass incarceration is a new jim crow, a new system of oppression of african americans certainly the numbers demonstrate that black and brown people are incarcerated at rates far exceeding their proportions in the population. The new jim crow mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness michelle alexander the new press new york london.
Alexander would have us push this claim much further, arguing that mass incarceration is a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a. Michelle alexander's wildly successful book, the new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness now has a cinematic companion, ava duvernay's documentary 13th the film's powerful overview of the crisis of mass incarceration from the civil war to the present has earned it plaudits from critics, activists, and scholars. The extraordinary growth in incarceration rates has been extensively described by scholars as well as in more accessible works such as michelle alexander's the new jim crow our purpose in this report is not to restate these discussions but rather to stress that mass incarceration is not a criminal justice issue alone. The new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness was written by michelle alexander to expose the truth of racial injustice in the system of mass incarceration through the comparison of the racial control during the jim crow era.
The new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness by michelle alexander 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. Michelle alexander became a new york times columnist in 2018 she is a civil rights lawyer and advocate, legal scholar and author of the new york times best seller the new jim crow: mass. And since many more people of color than whites are made felons by the entire system of mass incarceration, racial discrimination remains as powerful as it was under slavery or under the post-slavery era of jim crow segregationthis is the premise of a book which has sparked a new social movement: michelle alexander's the new jim crow: mass.