The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander


The New Jim Crow 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. 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.

From Publishers Weekly

Nov 02, 2009 – Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control ( More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850 ). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that.

Customer Reviews

The book is great on facts and data

The book is great on facts and data, she has several videos online. A must read for criminal justice and social science


This book is so real. I am dealing with this system right now and everything she is talking about is so true. I am a veteran and 5 classes away from my bachelors degree but because I was smoking weed on my back porch the cops jumped my Fence with no search warrant raided my house and found my plants that iwas growing in my closet for personal use. My life will never be the same and after a year I have had no contact with my public defender other than him telling me to plesiosaur guilty for six months in jail or get found guilty and serve five years. My family is broken as is my life. I pray i can save enough money to hire a lawyer before my trial. Thank you for writing this book. God bless. Every black man in America needs to read this book

Most important piece of writing since letters from Birmingham Jail

No hyperbole, this book has changed my life as well as the trajectory of my career path. You will be bringing this book up in every conversation. Thank you Michelle Alexander, thank you.

The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, Android, Win, *Nix, and more.
  • Category: Social Science
  • Published: Jan 16, 2012
  • Publisher: The New Press
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 336 Pages
  • Language: English

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