Mass Incarceration In The New Jim Crow

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In the novel the new Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander expresses how mass incarceration is a form of racial control. She argues that Jim Crow laws were not diminished but simply revised to suppress the minorities in America. It is vital to understand the prejudice and unjust works of the courts and political system.
In America there has always been many obstacles for people of color to be successful. With the help of the government it has made black people suffer through poverty, genocide and mass incarceration. Statistics show that African Americans are incarcerated at more than five times the rate of whites. The national association for the advancement of colored people (NAACP) states, "of African Americans and Hispanics were incarcerated at the same rates as whites, prison and jail population would decline by almost 40%" this shows that the majority of prison population are people of color. The New Jim Crow talks briefly about the war on drugs and where it all started. The war on drugs was started when the crime rate was declining. At this time drugs was the least important issue of the nation. Cocaine was trafficked through inner black communities by the Ronald Reagan administration in hope to be funded by congress. Black people were found everywhere on the news and in newspapers labeled as crack addicts and crack babies. The sentences for these drug offenses were sometimes longer than even what a murderer would receive. Studies also show that white were 10 times more likely

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