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. Our lives would look complete different; and some of her points are happening. People do not realize getting incarcerated will take some of rights away. This essay will reflect on the book its self, answer questions, and give specific opinions about the reading.
Prisoners are mostly prisoners there entire life time. Alexander talks about how people’s lives change, after they are released from prison. The book starts by introducing Jarviour Cotton, an African-American, someone who is incarcerated because of drugs; and taken away his right and his families. (P1 &2) It does not surprise me that an Africa-American is in prison because in hold of drugs or consume. Reading stats from Michelle Alexander and professor (a website she provided) it informs that there are more African-American incarcerated now and then. War on Drugs continues to exist in the United States, and African-American are tend to be more incarcerated, in this case. Michelle continues to talk about, through the book, how after ex-prisoner are released, it is hard for them to receive employment, food stamps, housing, Medicare, or even trust. Also prisoners are fined a lot until they can start exercising there voting rights, and usually t...
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...ion system in class, and is one way in solving racism in the justice system and the government. Michelle Alexander uses statistic through the book. She explains the difference from 1990s to today’s world. This makes it easier for the reader to tell the contrast.
To conclude, I can continue to go on about the caste system, racism, and war on drugs. The point is that racism continues to exist and the rebirth of the caste, continues to exist it never went away. People just did not do as much, but now is more obvious than ever. The clear examples she introduce and statistic show and support the statement of the “rebirth of the caste”. In my opinion, I found the book interesting; and statistic surprising from class and the book. Things continue to go bad in the United States. When are we going to do something about it! This book shows the effects of the conflict!
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