Alexander argues that, contrary to the views of many people, poor people of color simply want to live ordinary, safe, and healthy lives, but do not have the opportunities or resources to make this happen for themselves. Michelle alexander is the author of the bestseller the new jim crow, and a civil-rights advocate, lawyer, legal scholar and professor she spoke with frontline about how the war on drugs spawned a. Alexander notes in her preface that she wrote this book specifically for people who already care about racial justice, and if you're one of those people, i urge you to read this with the promise that you will come away from it with a much more comprehensive understanding of our current racial caste system. Book by michelle alexander, january 5, 2010 the war on drugs, cloaked in race-neutral language, offered whites opposed to racial reform a unique opportunity to express their hostility toward blacks and black progress, without being exposed to the charge of racism.
Book by michelle alexander, january 5, 2010 220 copy quote today there are more african-americans under correctional control, in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the civil war began. At our website billmoyerscom, we’ll link you to more of her story and more about michelle alexander and her extraordinary book, the new jim crow, acclaimed as the bible of a 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 presidency of barack obama signals a new era of colorblindness “many critics have cast doubt on the proclamations of racism’s erasure in the obama era, but few have presented a case.
― michelle alexander, the new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness tags: brown-v-board , civil-rights-movement , law-and-order , racism , southern-governors. Michelle alexander michelle alexander is a legal scholar, human rights advocate, and author of the new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness (the new press) to submit a. Scholar and activist michelle alexander examines the impact of law enforcement and mass incarceration on race relations in present-day america.
An article on wednesday about the book “the new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness,” by michelle alexander, misstated, in some editions, a word in a comment by rick. People poured out of the building many stared for a moment at the black man cowering in the street, and then averted their gaze what did the election of barack obama mean for him like many civil rights lawyers, i was inspired to attend law school by the civil rights victories of the 1950s and 1960s. Alexander’s book was published four years ago and spent 75 weeks on the new york times bestseller list, helping to bring mass incarceration to the forefront of the national discussion.
Litigator-turned-legal-scholar michelle alexander, author of the new jim crow, argues that we have not ended racial caste in america, we have simply redesigned it: the us criminal justice system. The new jim crow in this book the new jim crow michelle alexander gives a look at history racism of african-americans in relations to slavery and brings us to into modern day racism. Therefore, they are important subjects as we study how racism lives on today much of the prejudice in this book, explicit or implicit, revolves around schools white parents choose the “best” schools, which, whether they admit it or not, have mostly white, affluent children.
While i was reading alexander's book, i found myself thinking again and again about the schools--we could have a whole discussion about how racism is structured there in terms of funding, access. Michelle alexander’s book, the new jim crow, is a must-read for anyone trying to come to grips with the explosive growth of america’s prison population in the past three decades—and how this growth relates to the racial disparity in imprisonment there are now 23 million people behind bars, including one in nine young african american men. In addition, teaching for black lives is a valuable book for white students who also desperately need to be taught the truth about black history and better understand the ways racism is constructed in our society to divide them from their black peers and thus keep them all disempowered white students need to better understand the struggles and. The new jim crow has captivated many americans’ attention since it was published in 2010 michelle alexander has become the poster woman for ending the drug war and mass incarceration, for policy reform and for mass movement organizing.
Michelle alexander: yes, you know, i think this is part of the story that many people are unaware of, the ways in which poor people, particularly poor folks of color, are targeted by our criminal. Michelle alexander says that many of the gains of the civil rights movement have been undermined by the mass incarceration of blacks in the war on drugs. Michelle alexander (born october 7, 1967) is a writer, civil rights advocate, and visiting professor at union theological seminary (new york city)she is best known for her 2010 book the new jim crow: mass incarceration in the age of colorblindnessin 2018, she was hired as an opinion columnist at the new york times. The woodstock jewish congregation task force to end the new jim crow has created a study guide as a resource to assist jewish communities in group readings of michelle alexander’s life-altering book, the new jim crow.