The New Jim Crow Review

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The New Jim Crow Review I agree with Michelle Alexander on her view of mass incarceration, as well as the new racial caste system that has evolved in the United States. She states that, “we have not ended racial caste in America, we have merely redesigned it”. After reading her book The New Jim Crow, her point of view on the age of colorblindness is extremely bold. Over time, it has developed into many forms. The racial systems have evolved from exploitation, to subordination, to marginalization. As a nation, we have remained in deep denial about the racial systems. Even though it may look like America is an egalitarian society, there is too much occurring “behind closed doors”, that is often overlooked. Throughout the book, Alexander poses a big argument on the “War on Drugs”. This is seen as a reoccurring example of racism that was pressed by the government. It was directed toward the people, not the drugs themselves. In terms of Mass Incarceration, the war on drugs was the biggest vehicle for the criminalization of people of color. This outrage occurred when drug taking rates were on the decline, yet the government put millions of dollars into the criminal justice system. After the money was put into the war on drugs, drug use increased. Alexander argues that the money could have possibly been funneled into the black communities, which lead to the increase in drug marketing and usage. The war on drugs was most likely used as a trap to catch the people of color. Many other ordeals lead to the increase in mass incarceration that we have in our criminal justice system today. It is the most damaging thing to do to the black community. It is viewed as a “backlash against the civil rights movement”. When in saw the increase in ... ... middle of paper ... ... is not just certain individuals who continue to live by the prejudice stereotypes, but the whole society. The society that we live in is living in an age of colorblindness and most of the society is stuck “in the dark” about the information that was given throughout the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who is curious about the criminal justice systems cover on racial control. I found this book to be very factual and informative. I have never read something that has opened my eyes to something that I thought was abolished long ago. It is an extremely powerful piece on mass incarceration as well as an insight into the age of colorblindness. I was shocked by the statistics and amount of information that I was unaware of. Works Cited Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: New Press, 2010. Print.
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