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Racial Prisonation In Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow

The article states “Observers have referred to the advent of mass imprisonment as “The New Jim Crow” because the devastating racial impact of imprisonment effectively isolates black poor men from economic, social, and civic life (Alexander 2011). However, we cannot forget that the old elements of Jim Crow, particularly racial residential segregation, are also implicated in the mass imprisonment phenomenon. Yet, as Peterson and Krivo write, “societal processes that lead to differences in structural conditions have been treated as outside of criminological concerns” (2010, 7)”. Michelle Alexander an African American, author of The New Jim Crow law book whose specialty, are racial profiling, racism in the United States and race in the United Sates…show more content…
Being excluded from within the economy, cause a lot of self-esteem damage on the individual they, then starts to experience isolation, because of their criminal pass which gives them a stigma for life. Also being invisible within society not being able to get a job after criminal background check is done caused one to end up in poverty and cant provide for their family. Being an ex convict, trying to live an honest life and still struggling to make ends meet can lead to a relapse, which makes them go back to do the same thing to provide because they have no other means period. Race, however was the core part within the book, both Blacks and whites were used to show the differences in leniency being shown for them especially in the Mass Incarceration system, For example, Alexander explain that “ Human Rights Watch reported in 2000 that, in seven states, African American constitute 80 to 90 percent of all drugs offenders sent to…show more content…
Its lesson members from a certain ethnic group and criminal back ground chances of getting jobs that require energy, dedication and industry. As stated earlier being treated as such makes a criminal actually believe that they are not worthy of being treated as a human, so they relapse and go and do what is expected of them, seeing that they have nothing positive to look forward to. Social construction also plays a major part in stigmas especially in society because of the way people present themselves vs. other people which is shaped by our interactions with each other, also our life experiences. What we were raised to believe affect how we show case ourselves, how we perceive others, and how others perceive us, are shown by our beliefs and
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