Quavyon Green . Professor Irwin . English 1113 . 2/19/2017 .
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In The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander is about a shocking statistic. That more African American men are in correctional facilities or on probation than were enslaved in the mid 1800s before the Civil war started. She offers her perspective on the mass incarceration of African American men in the US. Taking shots at all she holds responsible for the issues. She explores the social and systematic influence of racial stereotypes and policies that support incarceration of minorities. She explains that minorities are discriminated against legally for their whole lives. By being denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Unable to overcome said obstacles most will…show more content… The chapter also delves into the counterproductive culture of rap and violence, in which black identity is ensnared into the stereotypical, fueling a vicious cycle of incarceration. Armstrong argues that rap operates as a contemporary iteration of the minstrel show, in which a warped black identity is offered up for white entertainment. This entails the proliferation of negative behavior through certain media image-making which is designed to pander to a false sense of superiority among whites. Alexander concludes the chapter by offering a remedy in which embracing the person and critiquing the counterproductive behavior is salient. It could be argued though that Armstrong underplays instances of successful re-integration, thus underestimating the possible influence and efficacy of resilience and individual effort.
Michelle Alexander utilizes the assumption in order to demonstrate the hidden stigmatism of racial oppression in the 21st century through mass incarceration. The absences she points out is mainly due to incarceration a fact that is generally withheld when the black community is chided over absent fathers. Commonly portrayed as an individual choice by black men. This subterfuge is achieved through a number of media based tactics unrealistic perceptions of racial progress. This tacticis through a denial system