Consequences Of The New Jim Crow

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THL 321 Essay Test Name: Cori Lane The New Jim Crow 11/3/17 Please answer each essay in approximately 450 to 500 words. 1. The Old Jim Crow was color-minded. The New Jim Crow claims itself as colorblinded. Show how the New Jim Crow is color-minded and leads to greater unjust consequences. Include in your answer how the New Jim Crow is more dangerous than the Old Jim Crow. In The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, author Michelle Alexander claims that the new racial caste system (New Jim Crow) in the United States is colorblind. Alexander states that colorblindness in the New Jim Crow hinders our ability to see the “racial and structural divisions that persist in society: the…show more content…
It is painfully obvious throughout Alexander’s book that our criminal justice system works to sweep through colored neighborhoods, lock them up, and label them as second-class citizens, making the New Jim Crow color-minded. In addition, the New Jim Crow is more dangerous than its predecessor. Once a colored defendant is found guilty, he/she will be subject to a “form of punishment that is often more difficult to bear than prison time: a lifetime of shame, contempt, scorn, and exclusion” (142). Felons will find themselves labeled as permanent members of a second-class status in which they will be ineligible for food stamps, public housing, and welfare benefits. Also, they will lose their right to vote and jury service. These consequences send the message that ex-offenders are no longer wanted in our society. Unable to drive, get a job, find housing, or even quality for public benefits, many ex-offenders lose their children, their dignity, and eventually freedom –landing back in jail after failing to play by the rules that seem hopelessly stacked against them (143). As a result, ex-offenders are no longer a part of us –the deserving— because of the New Jim Crow. 2. Elie Wiesel, a holocaust survivor and the only surviving member of his family who spent several years in a concentration camp, stated, “I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure
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