The New Jim Crow By Michelle Alexander

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The New Jim Crow Michelle Alexander’s the new Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness examine the Jim Crow practices post slavery and the mass incarceration of African-American. The creation of Jim Crows laws were used as a tool to promote segregation among the minority and white American. Michelle Alexander’s the new Jim Crow Mass takes a look at Jim Crow laws and policies were put into place to block the social progression African-American from the post-slavery to the civil rights movement. Fast-forward to 2008 the election of Barack Obama certified that African-Americans were no longer viewed as second-class citizens instead African-Americans are equal to their white counterparts. However, Michelle Alexander…show more content…
Alexander asserts “Jim Crow appears to die, but then are reborn in a new form tailored to the needs and constraints of the time.” The announcement of the War on Drugs steamroll mass incarceration of African-Americans in creating more crime and disparities in the African-American communities. When African-Americans are released from prison new Jim Crow laws took it one step further to maintain racialized social control by labeling African-Americans as felon. Alexander states “once you label to filing all formative discrimination in employment discrimination, housing discrimination, the now on the right to vote, denial of educational opportunities to now of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury servers are suddenly legal.” P page 2 Many African-American are caught in a cycle unable to achieve the amenities of first-class citizenship, which is the exact same amenities that African-Americans have fought to achieve post slavery. Alexander proclaimed that the colorblindness to the mass incarceration of African-American are overshadow with the labeling of being a felon. And it’s because of the labeling of that society look at felon as if they were less than human the same way African-Americans was looked at during slavery. Alexander Asserts that mass incarceration is allowed to go on because of the eerie silence of the African-American community. According
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