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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

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17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

AMAZING.. everyone should read this book!!!!!!

this book is absolutely brilliant. Alexander writes very well, so it's an easy read despite its heavy content. This book provides a compelling case for her assertion that the criminal justice system's overtly discriminatory practices have successfully contributed to und...
this book is absolutely brilliant. Alexander writes very well, so it's an easy read despite its heavy content. This book provides a compelling case for her assertion that the criminal justice system's overtly discriminatory practices have successfully contributed to undercaste in today's society. It starts a bit slow as I was wondering how she was going to prove her claims, but once you get a little farther in you're hooked! The evidence is APPALLING! It felt like I was reading about the USSR's justice system rather than America's! If white Americans were treated in this insane way, these policies would've been reversed years ago. It is an eye-opening read, especially for someone who is white and not intimately knowledgeable about the US criminal justice system. Highly recommended!!!

posted by quarisphere on July 21, 2011

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13 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

I think the most important part that she left out was parental g

I think the most important part that she left out was parental guidance. If you know how the criminal justice system operates toward our black males, then as a parent, no matter what your financial background is it important that our youth is taught not to engage in cr...
I think the most important part that she left out was parental guidance. If you know how the criminal justice system operates toward our black males, then as a parent, no matter what your financial background is it important that our youth is taught not to engage in criminal activity. If you do the crime you are going to do the time!

posted by 19581 on September 23, 2012

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  • Posted July 17, 2010

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    Physical, Mental, & Emotional Lock-down.

    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (2010)
    *Thought provoking.
    *Informative.
    *Well-developed.
    *Enlightening & educational.
    *Well researched with plenty of references.
    *Gives the reader a history of the "criminal justice system" as a way to control certain ethnic and cultural groups. *The 4th amendment right is explained.
    *Offers insight to a system that affects and effects each and every person living in America.
    *Well worth reading to make you knowledgeable about the topic discussed.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2012

    MUST READ!!

    I read this book when the Trayvon Martin incident happened and it was emotionally and thematically intense. Talk about a read for the times....MUST READ!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 5, 2014

    Inspiring and enlightening book!

    I am a member of a group of clery and laity who are working for judtice in the "Justice. System". This book brings out many of the problems in our jails and gives practical solutions if we are willing to make the effort.

    Sr. Mary Joseph

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2014

    What do you people expect? Although the book is compelling, and

    What do you people expect? Although the book is compelling, and tries to hook up with a "Jim Crow" mentality, It lacks a deep study
    into the origin of the people that are running the company. The Encyclopedia Britannica can open one's eyes to the start of the problem, and the Party that started it all. In United States history, the Democratic-Republican Party, the Republican Party or the Jeffersonian Republicans was a political party organized by Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in 1791-93, which opposed the Federalist Party and controlled the Presidency and Congress, and most states, from 1801 to 1825, during the First Party System.The party selected its presidential candidates in a caucus of members of Congress. They included Thomas Jefferson (nominated 1796; elected 1800-1, 1804), James Madison (1808, 1812), James Monroe (1816, 1820). By 1824 the caucus system had practically collapsed. After 1800, the party dominated Congress and most state governments outside New England. By 1824 the party was split 4 ways and lacked a center. One remnant followed Andrew Jackson and Martin Van Buren into the new Democratic Party by 1828. That party still exists. Another remnant led by John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay formed the National Republicans in 1828; It held its first convention in late 1831 in Baltimore. It morphed into the Whig Party by 1835. The Whig Party fell apart in the mid-1850s because it could not bridge North-South differences on slavery, while the Democrats held together by taking positions favored by the South.



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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Thought Provoking

    We see what we want to see. This books shows us a different view. I'm not sure I buy into all of her concepts but it is definitely food for thought. This would be a great book for a book club.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    Well researched, thought provoking novel. Great reminder to us a

    Well researched, thought provoking novel. Great reminder to us all that the racial control system is still alive today. 

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