The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration During The Age Of Colorblindness By Michelle Alexander

1665 Words May 17th, 2016 7 Pages
In the new proactive book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander dives into the not so complicated racial issues that plague this country that we tend to ignore. In all of history, African Americans have had to constantly fight for their freedoms and the right to be considered a human being in this society. It’s very troubling looking back and seeing where we have failed people in this country. At the turn of the century, when people began to think that we had left our old ways behind, this book reminds us that we are wrong. Racism is still alive today in every way, just in different forms.
The politicians of America like to hide or mask this new form of racism and control by a way that we call prison. “No other country in the world imprisons so many of its racial or ethnic minorities. The United States imprisons a larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid” (Alexander). The United States imprisons ethnic minorities as a way to control African Americans in this country. The sad thing is that we know that white people are more likely to do drugs, but are less likely to be put in jail for it. Most of the time they will receive less time compared to an African American with the same charge. Many have begun to ask why this is? How is this possible? Michelle Alexanders main purpose of this book was to answer these questions.
The United States of America is called the “incarceration…
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