This is a disturbing examination of what the author describes as a deliberate campaign to perpetuate the same kind of repressions upon African Americans that was practiced more brazenly during the slavery era and the Jim Crow period that followed it. The disproportionate incarceration of black men for drug related crimes and the restrictions placed upon them after release has succeeded in disenfranchising them from society and severely limiting opportunities to better their lives. America, she argues convincingly, will reap a bitter harvest.— Alden Graves
Easily one of the most important books of the last decade. Michelle Alexander explains the system of mass incarceration that disproportionately targets black men and functions in our colorblind society as an often overlooked method of racial control. This well-written, eye-opening argument is required reading.— Marisa Langlois
"The more things change, the more they stay the same." This immensely topical book examines this old adage and discusses how, through the War on Drugs, mass incarceration and underfunded communities, the USA continues to segregate and marginalize black Americans. A powerful first book that will challenge your image of race in America.— Northshire Staff
“In The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander tirelessly researches both the legal history of America's Jim Crow past and the current legal policies that contribute to the mass incarceration of black people. The text adds significantly to scholarship that contextualizes rates of incarceration among blacks and critiques of social and economic inequality.”
— Bruce Smith, Colorado State University Bookstore, Fort Collins, CO
In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals, today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you're labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination--employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service--are suddenly legal.