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

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ISBN13: 9781595586438
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The New Jim Crow was initially published with a modest first printing and reasonable expectations for a hard-hitting book on a tough topic. Now, ten-plus printings later, the long-awaited paperback version of the book Lani Guinier calls “brave and bold,” and Pulitzer Prize–winner David Levering Lewis calls “stunning,” will at last be available.

In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you're labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination — employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service — are suddenly legal.

Featured on The Tavis Smiley Show, Bill Moyers Journal, Democracy Now, and C-Spans Washington Journal, The New Jim Crow has become an overnight phenomenon, sparking a much-needed conversation—including a recent mention by Cornel West on Real Time with Bill Maher — about ways in which our system of mass incarceration has come to resemble systems of racial control from a different era.

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"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." Forbes

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"Alexander 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 our criminal-justice policies." Newsweek

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"Invaluable...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 Kos

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"Many critics have cast doubt on the proclamations of racisms erasure in the Obama era, but few have presented a case as powerful as Alexander's." In These Times

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"Carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable." Publishers Weekly

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"[Written] with rare clarity, depth, and candor." Counterpunch

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"A call to action for everyone concerned with racial justice and an important tool for anyone concerned with understanding and dismantling this oppressive system." Sojourners

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"Undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S." Birmingham News

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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.

About the Author

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 ACLUs Racial Justice Project in Northern California, Alexander served as a law clerk for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun.

Cornel West is the Class of 1943 University Professor at Princeton University.

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Elephant In The Room, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by Elephant In The Room)
Michelle Alexander has taken a courageous step in educating us about an "American Caste" system, which a lot of us do not acknowledge currently exists in the 21st Century.Please have the courage to read this book, and take a long hard look at the criminal justice system in our nation,and ask yourself "is it justice?" This book not only brings truth to the forefront,but encapsulates the truth on racism and Colorblindness in our country.
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elopezmendiola, January 2, 2013 (view all comments by elopezmendiola)
The New Jim Crow is the awakening of this current generation and is the truth behind the current blinding form of racism. This generation has no clue what reality of segregation that is really happening because they are so apt to just go with the flow and assume that those in power are doing the right thing. Now is the time to read the real and stand up for the injustices that are happening. This book is explicit as well as clear and will allow you to catch up to why certain things are happening and what you can do to help fight against this level of racism.
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tgrang13, July 17, 2012 (view all comments by tgrang13)
Michelle Alexander is a genius. This book is one of the most well-researched books I have ever read. No stone was left unturned. She explains the history of how we got to the position we are in with the mass incarceration of black men all the way from the days of slavery. She helped me to understand that segregation is still alive and well, it only wears a new mask. The details of this book are certainly troubling, though. It is basically going to take a lot of work and a long time before a dent is even put into the problem of America's new segregation. This book also explains how we have developed a racial caste system via incarceration. So many subjects in this book are covered pertaining to the issue of mass incarceration in the days of "colorblindness." Everything from racial profiling, to political gains, to Supreme Court cases that have not only allowed for all of this to happened, but almost encouraged it through their outrageous decisions. I would highly recommend this book to everybody I know, but one be warned that it is very intense and in-depth. It is almost textbook-like. All of it was absolutely fascinating, but it was definitely not a quick read for me. I enjoyed all of it regardless.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781595586438
Subtitle:
Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
Author:
Alexander, Michelle
Foreword:
West, Cornel
Publisher:
New Press
Subject:
Criminology
Subject:
Crime-Prisons and Prisoners
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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Product details 336 pages New Press - English 9781595586438 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Alexander 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 our criminal-justice policies."
"Review" by , "Invaluable...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."
"Review" by , "Many critics have cast doubt on the proclamations of racisms erasure in the Obama era, but few have presented a case as powerful as Alexander's."
"Review" by , "Carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable."
"Review" by , "[Written] with rare clarity, depth, and candor."
"Review" by , "A call to action for everyone concerned with racial justice and an important tool for anyone concerned with understanding and dismantling this oppressive system."
"Review" by , "Undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S."
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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