Book #48 of 2020 | The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

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

Author: Michelle Alexander

Thoughts: This book is incredible—incredibly written, incredibly detailed, incredibly frustrating, incredibly moving. It lays out the issues with the criminal justice and penal system and the way it acts as a system of control over disproportionally high levels of Black and Brown Americans. It focuses heavily on the “War on Drugs” which was waged primarily—and almost exclusively—as a means of continuing and expanding the mass incarceration of these individuals. Alexander discusses felon disenfranchisement and the stigma that is left on people and their communities. I highly recommend if you’re hoping to learn more about race and class in America!

Click here to purchase The New Jim Crow

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