The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration

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Hunter Silver
Dr. Kendall Smith
English 103-4120
10 November 2015

High Incarceration Rates Due to Racism Racism effects the the high incarceration rates according to Michelle Alexander, the author of “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. This scholar writes about how the civil rights movement has been taken back by the mass incarceration of black Americans in the war on drugs. Alexander also explains how the severe consequences that these black men carry on after being incarcerated, for example not being able to get school grants or housing. The author continues to argues that all it takes is a major social movement to end americas new caste system and that it is inhumane to treat any race less then the other. Agreeing with Alexander, I believe that every race deserves equal opportunity and that high mass incarceration rates are the way they are because of racism by the criminal justice system. Every race deserves the same respect as the other. In the reading “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” Alexander argues that “Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans” (Alexander 2). The author then continues on to illustrate that when a criminal receives that title of “a felon” that they no longer have the right to vote. According to and academic article “State Felon Disenfranchisement Policy” written by Robert
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