The “New Jim Crow” Discussion

The excerpts from the book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander, that were discussed in the REGroup on March 27, 2011 will be posted here.

Below is a video in which Alexander talks about her book. 

 

“Litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, argues that we have not ended racial caste in America, we have simply redesigned it: The U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary means of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. Her provocative new book challenges the civil rights community—and all of us—to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America. As the United States celebrates the nation’s triumph over race with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Event at Demos February 18, 2010. Camera, edit Joe Friendly.”