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The New Jim Crow

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Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the presidency of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial controlrelegating millions to a permanent secondclass statuseven as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action."
Called "stunning" by Pulitzer Prizewinning historian David Levering Lewis, "invaluable" by the Daily Kos, "explosive" by Kirkus, and "profoundly necessary" by the Miami Herald, The New Jim Crow is a mustread for all people of conscience.
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GenreNonFiction
Historical
Legal
Sociological
TopicsPrisons
Prisoners
Criminal justice system
Race relations
Racism
African Americans
African American community
Minority groups
Civil rights
Sociology
Social history
Social conditions
Law
Criminology
American history
SettingUrban
Prison