A woman in West Oakland, California steps outside her rundown apartment door. She slowly looks up and down the street, seeing only children and women like herself- alone on their doorsteps. Still single at 42, she 's asked herself many times where have all the good men have gone. Are there any black men left in her community that aren 't dealing or buying drugs? Men who will be thrown into prison for either offence, thrown right back out, and who are eventually stuck in the same, continuous cycle. This woman 's question (where are all the black men?) is one that The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander and The House I Live In by Eugene Jarecki, seek to answer.
Michelle Alexander, an associate professor at Ohio State University, provides a strong explanation for the apparent absence of black men, and the structural oppression within the incarceration system that has caused it.Within her book, The New Jim Crow, Alexander recounts the Sunday morning when Barack Obama, then just a presidential candidate, stepped up to the podium in Chicago and directed a condemning speech to his fellow b...
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- In Michelle Alexander’s article The New Jim Crow, she addresses the importance of educating people on the harsh reality of racial caste in America. As a civil rights lawyer and with previous work experience at the ACLU in northern California, Alexander knows the importance of getting relevant information to the public in order to inform them of important information. In The New Jim Crow Alexander uses a specific wring style through rhetorical devices to convey her message that the US justice system is turning into the modern day laws of Jim Crow, outlawing African Americans and taking away their basic natural rights while creating a new racial caste system and the possibility of the system t... [tags: United States, African American, Jim Crow laws]
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- In her book “The New Jim Crow,” Michelle Alexander presents the evidence that mass incarceration, as brought forth by the drug war, is a mere continuation of the discriminatory nature of the Jim Crow Laws in the post civil war era and of slavery before that. Alexander’s argument hinges on the idea that this new way of discriminating against minorities is equally systematic to the Jim Crow Laws and Slavery. She then relates this argument with the decrease in limitations of the police force, the disproportionately high number of minorities prosecuted with these powers, and the skewed justice system.... [tags: Police, United States, Criminal justice]
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- The New Jim Crow The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander is a thorough and thought provoking analysis of mass incarceration in America. Through this book Alexander explores the dynamics of the criminal justice system and the propaganda that enables it which have led to the establishment and maintenance of a racial undercaste system that has been perpetuated by a felony criminal record. Within this book Alexander provides a history of the disenfranchisement of the black male from the overt racism of slavery and Jim Crow to the colorblind drug and sentencing policies of the 20th and 21st century.... [tags: African American, Black people, Race, Racism]
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- Reflection Reading my first book for this class, I was really looking forward to it. The book, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, is an interesting book because it touches base on mass incarceration and the caste system. Figuring out that society is on a war on drugs and racism in the justice system is upsetting, and yet interesting. Michelle does a really nice job in organizing the book and presenting the plot. The fact that this book informs and explains arguments, what is happening with the justices system is complete true.... [tags: Prison, Recidivism, Sociology, African American]
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- If someone is successful does not mean they didn’t have a hard time in their journey of being successful. That doesn’t mean the racial caste system doesn’t exist. Michelle Alexander argued in her book, “The New Jim Crow” that “the superlative nature of individual black achievement today is formerly white domains are a good indicator that old Jim Crow is dead, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the end of racial cast. In history is any guide, it many have simply taken a different form.” (21) I agree with Michelle Alexander that black individual who have nice nature are successful in white man’s world.... [tags: Slavery, African American, Black people, Race]
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- The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander examines the systemic oppression of African-Americans in The United States of America. Alexander, a civil rights lawyer by trade and former director for the racial injustice division within the ACLU.1 She is a highly accomplished writer and public speaker who scrutinizes the racial disparity amongst US citizens. First with the mass abductions and then the enslavement of Africans, to the rights won and loss after Civil War, to the Jim Crow era laws put into place by segregationists, to the Justice system today in America.... [tags: Prison, Crime, African American, Criminal justice]
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- As Elie Wiesel once stated, “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented” (“Elie Wiesel Quote”). Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow, which discusses criminal justice and its role in mass incarceration, promotes a similar idea regarding silence when America’s racial caste system needs to be ended; however, Alexander promotes times when silence would actually be better for “the tormented.” The role of silence and lack of silence in the criminal justice system both contribute to wrongly accused individuals... [tags: elie wiesel, suffering, humiliation]
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- The common consensus today is the racism is dead in America and we no longer have a de jure system of oppression towards minorities, particularly African Americans. But with careful analysis, one can realize racism isn’t even remotely dead. 60 years ago, the US had Jim Crow laws as the primary method of oppression but today what is regarded as the “New Jim Crow” is the system of mass incarceration fueled by our country’s heinous drug laws which disproportionately affect minorities despite the equal occurrence of drug use in White communities.... [tags: African American, Racism, United States]
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- Mass incarceration and race have been issues since the late 1950’s. Blacks and Latinos have been mistreated and have had unequal rights for decades. “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander shows us how the discrimination against blacks and Latinos has evolved over time in regards to the War on Drugs. It claims that the drug policy is mainly reinforced for people of color, keeping Black and Latinos incarcerated (or keep them in poverty). People of color have always been portrayed to be the reason as to why we have mass incarceration; it’s based on the individual’s racial background. Society has always treated people of color as if they weren’t part of the human world.... [tags: Racism, Race, African American, Race]
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- Introduction Mass incarceration in the United States has been a very prominent and distinct feature of our criminal justice system. The rates of which this system imprisons is very unequal when compared to other countries in the world, as well as when compared to other races within the United States itself. Mass incarceration does alter the lives of those who are within its prison system, and also those who are related to those individuals whether it be through blood or bond. These effects can extend to disrupting one’s life to the point where they can’t vote, go to school, hold a job, or deprive them of other rights, and affect others whereby they may be more likely to experience negative l... [tags: Criminal justice, Prison, Crime, Incarceration]
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