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New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness | 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. "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 presidency 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 controlrelegating millions to a permanent secondclass statuseven 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 Prizewinning historian David Levering Lewis, "invaluable" by the "Daily Kos," "explosive" by "Kirkus," and "profoundly necessary" by the "Miami Herald," "The New Jim Crow" is a mustread for all people of conscience."
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Ekkross

I can tell this book is going to be eye-opening from just the first 20 pages. And at the same time, oof, I picked a heavy one.
It‘s also interesting to read this 6-7 years after it was published, particularly since we have had a presidential election in that time...

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MandaMT
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This had been on my TBR list forever. It‘s a tough but important to read. Very eye-opening.

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NatalieR
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I think this book should be required reading for every single American. Michelle Alexander brings to astonishing light how broken our criminal justice system is by treating human beings so poorly, especially after they have served their punishment. We must do better. @Riveted_Reader_Melissa : I remember your posts about this book. Thanks for bringing it to my awareness. 😀

BarbaraTheBibliophage I second everything you said in your review. Great book, even though it‘s a difficult topic. 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa You are so welcome! And you are right, everyone should read it! I still think about it often and recommend it regularly. I‘m glad it struck the same cord for you. 3mo
RvnclawWhovian I read this for one of my college classes, very enlightening. Should be read by more people 3mo
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Izai.Amorim Incarceration is a business in the US, and supply generates demand... 3mo
NatalieR @BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks. It is a difficult read. I often felt frustrated and disgusted. 3mo
NatalieR @Riveted_Reader_Melissa 😊 I‘m going to be pushing it into everyone‘s hands! 3mo
NatalieR @Izai.Amorim Unfortunately, it is. Such an embarrassment. 😔 3mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Izai.Amorim Very true, and right now they are pushing all the immigrants crossing the border into that same pipeline, but with even less rights. It‘s so disgustingly frustrating. 3mo
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Megabooks
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This has been on my TBR for far, far too long. It discusses how felons have basic rights taken away from them, even after they‘ve finished serving #HardTime.

In the episode, O‘Brien has memories of a 20 year prison sentence implanted in his head after an alien race convicts him of a crime. It‘s a hard episode for me to watch. It shows the devastating effects of incarceration on the psyche. #StarTrekSummerJune

Susanita This is one of the eps I distinctly remember.
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MsLeah8417
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Jas16
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I am so glad I found the audiobook on Scribd as this book had been languishing on my TBR for what seems like forever and it is something that needs to be read.

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MsLeah8417
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CURRENTLY READING

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Becker
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Although this book is packed with very important and interesting information, it is also dense and lacks an engaging narrative. I can only read it in small chunks. It is 9 years old and I wondered if it would be dated but it appears that nothing has changed or improved much in a decade. 😐

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PapaBearD
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So far really enjoying this book. Lots of great information!!!

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Literaturenut
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This book should be required reading for all Americans. There were so many things I knew, but to have the pieces all connected was a profoundly eye opening read.

#BooksForAllies #InspiredACommonPhrase #PopSugarReadingChallenge #30of65 #audiobook

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Literaturenut
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I‘m only about a tenth of the way into this book and it is so mind blowing. #currentlylistening

Samplergal Mandatory reading. 4mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I felt the same way when I read it, and I still think about it and reference it often! 4mo
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Ms.Nicole
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Alexander does an excellent job explaining preservation through transformation or how racism has evolved throughout our history to maintain the privilege of the white elite. Through this the extensive problems within our criminal justice system are revealed. A must read for anyone interested in social justice.

TheBookKeepers Yes! I heard her speak in Houston the year this was released. Very eye opening 4mo
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Nebklvr
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This book led me down many a google rabbit hole and i expect it to continue to do so. It has raised many questions and concerns. I would recommend it and ask everyone to keep it in mind when making choices in future elections.

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Nebklvr
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This is intriguing and disturbing. Will look into more info on the War on Drugs and the 4th amendment after reading this.

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cariashley
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I‘d been meaning to read this forever and finally got the audiobook. It‘s essential reading, that‘s all I can say. I watched the documentary The 13th a while back and this is in the same vein, but so much more in depth. I wish all Americans would read it.

cariashley @mdhughes72 ooh thank you for the rec! I‘ll have to pick that one up! 5mo
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TheBookbabeblog84
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This is hard....J.K. Rowling, Michelle Alexander, Stephen King, Jane Austen and Deborah Harkness. #books #booklover #bookaddict

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eraderneely
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This is really difficult to listen to on audio. I want to stop and reread, pause and reflect, and take notes. I‘m thinking of bailing...but then who knows how long it will be before I read a physical copy.

Note: The narrator is great. She‘s not the problem.

RachelO Some nonfiction‘s like that on audio, isn‘t it? 🤔 Kind of frustrating! 8mo
eraderneely @RachelO yes! Normally I like nonfiction on audio, but this sort of thing just isn‘t right. 8mo
Gezemice I listened on audio but ended up getting the book from the library for the same reason. 7mo
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JLaurenceCohen

The definitive book about the prison-industrial complex.

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Gezemice
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Once you are a felon, you are basically out of society. The civil penalties are unbearable. No other country in the world does this to felons, and no other country in the world labels people as felons for minor drug crimes. Most civilized nations refer minor drug offenders to drug treatment or public service. In the US, you lose your rights and livelihood, and labeled a criminal, for life.

Gezemice I am going to stop for tonight but will be spamming again this weekend... too important not to. 10mo
Chrissyreadit I‘m so glad you are sharing this! I work in a clinic with individuals who will never be able to fully recover and engage due to minor errors in judgment ( no one hurt but themselves!!!) in addition, mental health is often treated as criminal negligence to a felony issue- not sure if that is addressed yet. We are a self righteous country. I am angry far more than is healthy. I tell everyone to vote with knowledge! 10mo
Gezemice @Chrissyreadit Self-righteous, I wholeheartedly agree! And so tilted towards money. Of you are rich, you can get away with anything. If you are poor, minor errors in judgment, or mental or phisical health, and you are excluded from society for life, instead of given help to recover. However, this book is about the criminal justice system, and its terrible racial bias. Also, about how the War on Drugs. ⬇️ 10mo
Gezemice @Chrissyreadit ...that The War on Drugs is not on drugs, but on people. If it was on drug use, they would have increased drug treatment and prevention funding. Instead, they slashed it. And boosted police and prison funding. 10mo
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Gezemice
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Once you are in the system, and labeled a felon - even something as minor as possession that only gets thirty days in jail - you can be denied public housing, jobs, food stamps, driver licenses, educational assistance - in other words, just about everything you need to live - leading to losing custody of your children, and often, back in prison, because how can you stay out of prison without a job or shelter?
This is public housing policy.

Eyelit This book is so enraging. We read it for my book club last year and we ended up having the longest discussion ever. 10mo
Gezemice @Eyelit Yeah. I should suggest it to the book club. 10mo
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Gezemice
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The racial profiling is not only eggregious, but no longer can be challenged by lawsuits. The Supreme Court is fully behind it in every way. If you read the book, Michelle Alexander reviews the many ways Supreme Court decisions have gutted the 4th amendment (basically all police needs to stop and search you is a hunch, which they always have for young black men), the Civil Rights Act, basic voting rights. It is happening here and it is legal.

Samplergal And horrific. 10mo
Gezemice @Samplergal Every page in this book is infuriating. 10mo
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Gezemice
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It is unbelievable that police view racial minorities as suspicious when their own search results contradict the notion. Latinos are five times less likely to carry drugs than whites, black people half as likely!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I remember how mind blowing this book was for me. I think everyone should read it! 10mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Everyone who lives in America must read this. 10mo
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Gezemice
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The incarceration rates do not correspond to drug use. But white frat parties are never raided by the police. Too many of them have influential parents.

AmyG 😡 10mo
Gezemice @AmyG I could post every page of this book and each mire infuriating than the previous. 10mo
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Gezemice
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I am going to be spamming you from quotes from this book. It is the most important book to read by anyone living in America today. This stuff is going on here, it is completely legal, sanctified by the supreme court. This is the War on Drugs.

Hooked_on_books This book is so good and so infuriating all at once. 10mo
Chrissyreadit Yes! 10mo
Gezemice @Hooked_on_books @Chrissyreadit You don‘t understand how important it is until you read it. 10mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage I want so many people I know to read this! 10mo
Gezemice @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes! Everyone in America should. We should be talking about this. 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa I remember spamming with quotes from this book too, it is so important and eye-opening! 10mo
Gezemice @Riveted_Reader_Melissa Yep, me spamming, too! The least I can do. 10mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa @Gezemice Yes, it needs to be read and posted about on a regular bases. 10mo
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Amandajoy
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1. Yes
2. About 25% nonfiction, but I try for an even split
3. Memoirs, biographies, history, food-related, social justice, micro-histories
4. We Band of Angels by Elizabeth Norman
5. 👍🏻

#hellothursday

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 😀 12mo
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BeththeBookDragon
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Because they‘ve lost their meaningful social and economic opportunity

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Amandajoy
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I‘ve lived most of my life in a desert climate, so the frequent rainstorms of the Midwest are still a novelty to me. Enjoying the thunder storm on the porch with a book. ⛈📚

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Amandajoy
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Bracing myself to start this month‘s book club read.

Samplergal It‘s on my September tbr list. I‘ve put it off. 13mo
WhatDeeReads Nope. Can‘t do it. Too many feelings that I will not be able to control. 13mo
Amandajoy @WhatDeeReads I know it‘s going to be a tough read, but I think it‘s an important one for me to read. 13mo
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Amandajoy
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I went to my first book club in Omaha tonight & we read The Underground Railroad. Next month is The New Jim Crow and they have Between the World and Me on deck. I must say I wasn‘t expecting these selections when I saw the group (maybe my own prejudice?). I‘m impressed that they aren‘t afraid of some tough reads!

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Addison1
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This feels like one of the most important books I‘ve ever read. Not an easy read both in terms of length (I finished it the day before it was due!) and in content. But so well worth it. It‘s got me doing more research. Might I also recommend pairing the ‘Ear Hustle‘ podcast with this book?

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Booklover2
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There is no way to capture all the information that is In this well informed book, so I‘m just gonna say if you don‘t believe in the Black Lives Matter movement or if you don‘t believe we have a serious problem here in America with African Americans being incarcerated at an extraordinarily high rate, give this book a read and be enlightened.

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Denleci
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Even if you think you already know about institutionalized racism and mass incarceration..you need to read this book. You don't know as much as you think.

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TheBookbabeblog84
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This is me with the New Jim Crow....read it. And commit passages to memory! #books #liloandstitch #bookaddict #booklover

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JessicaBates

Took a long bath and started this. 🔥

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Samplergal
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1The turtle was a visitor to our campsite. He was actually trying to eat the green dog tie out stake next to my chair. He walked through our campsite a few more times. 2. Hate it. 3. Little Fires Everywhere 4. Totes!! 5. Tagged book.

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ShookBelf
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Enjoying the sunshine and warm temperature today with two of my current reads and my Thursday #bookmail - the tagged book.

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farre
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So good. Sad and depressing. The laws in place for the “war on drugs” are reprehensible.

Samplergal I just bought this one as I think it‘s really going to be good. And terribly depressing. Little chunks at a time type of book because it‘s so depressing. 1y
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anrobe
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Also starting this one ... I‘ve been meaning to for awhile and think it‘s time to dig in! I‘m expecting it to teach me so much!

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Valeka
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Dipping back into this book. It‘s so much to process.

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Deborah42
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Mass incarceration has replaced Jim Crow laws as a tool to bar black people, especially black men, from participating in American society. In our supposedly colorblind system, law enforcement targets black men. Once released, they continue to be marginalized. Education, housing, public assistance, employment, and even voting rights are out of reach for the majority of ex-felons reentering their communities. An uncomfortable but necessary read.

Samplergal I just bought it. It sounds like an important read. 1y
Deborah42 Absolutely. Very well-written and thought-provoking. 1y
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Deborah42

“Whereas Black success stories undermined the logic of Jim Crow, they actually reinforce the system of mass incarceration. Mass incarceration depends for its legitimacy on he widespread belief that all those who appear trapped at the bottom actually chose their fate.”

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Deborah42
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“As a society, our decision to heap shame and contempt upon those who struggle and fail in a system designed to keep them locked up and locked out says far more about ourselves than it does about them.”

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Valeka
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Some afternoon reading. Not the lightest subject but very necessary. #knowledgeispower

Jess7 Yesssss!!!! 2y
JamieArc This has been on my TBR forever and I swear I‘m going to get to it this year but the density of it intimidates me! 2y
Valeka @Jess7 🙌🏼 2y
Valeka @JamieArc I‘m trying to read small pieces of it at a time and rotating it with some lighter things I have on my reading list for that very reason - it‘s dense! 2y
JamieArc @Valera That is my plan as well. I‘ll just have to not freak out if it takes a month or two to finish 😊 2y
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DezaraeOsborne
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Super excited to begin the audio version of this book! Thanks for the format suggestion @ness

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Cytherean
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Time to learn a lot and probably real angry/sad.

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ness
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This book was devastating and essential. If you care about social justice, this book is a must.

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TheApparatingReader
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Good luck indeed.

Chelleo I‘m a goner 🤦🏾‍♀️ 2y
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