The New Jim Crow Written By Michelle Alexander

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The book, The New Jim Crow written was written by Michelle Alexander. It was published on January 5, 2010 and is 312 pages long. It is a non fiction book that talks about the re-introduction of the caste-like system that has already resulted in millions of African Americans being locked in jail. During the Civil Rights Era, African Americans were put into a second class status that rejected all of the rights that blacks had previously won in the Civil Rights Movement. This book talks about many situations where blacks in today’s society are treated almost the same as they were over 50 years ago. For example, Alexander opens up the book with the story of a man named Jarvis Cotton. Cotton is a black man who was arrested when he was younger and because of that arrest, he will never be able to vote again. Throughout the history of the United States, African American men have been deprived of their supposed “natural born rights”. Alexander also discusses how Jarvis Cotton’s father, grandfather, and his ancestors have all been unable to pursue their naturally born rights, but all for various reasons. Cotton’s great grandfather for example, was a slave in the South and his grandfather and father were daunted by the Ku Klux Klan. Voting is one of the many rights that African American people have not had just because of the color of their skin.Alexander says that even though it used to be acceptable to discriminate against African Americans, it’s no longer socially acceptable to
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