The drug wars in the new jim crow a book by michelle alexander

Recent data shows, though, that much of black progress is a myth. And soon Democrats began competing with Republicans to prove they could be even tougher on them than their Republican counterparts, and so it was President Bill Clinton who actually escalated the drug war far beyond what his Republican predecessors even dreamed possible.

Our prison population has exploded from aboutto more than 2 million in a few short decades, it is said, because of rampant crime. It was the Clinton administration that supported many of the laws and practices that now serve millions into a permanent underclass, for example. Michelle, I was wondering if you can read the first paragraph of your book.

I think that that—you know, that that tells only a very small part of the larger story.

The War on Drugs and the New Jim Crow

We have to learn to care for them, the Other, the ghetto dwellers we demonize. In studying the impact of drug laws for nonviolent offenders, for example, YLL measures indicate the devastating impact on communities.

Michelle Alexander: “A System of Racial and Social Control”

A mental shortcut becomes almost irresistible, and maybe even rational by some lights. And just wondering again about the way that the legal system convolutes its own reasoning just to be able to come up with justifications for what happens.

What is being done other than this tinkering, as you say, to move things in a more just direction? So the Reagan administration actually launched a media campaign to publicize the crack epidemic in inner-city communities, hiring staff whose job it was to publicize inner-city crack babies, crack dealers or so-called crack whores and crack-related violence, in an effort to boost public support for this war they had already declared [and to inspire] Congress to devote millions more dollars to waging it.

This is the point at which I am typically interrupted and reminded that black men have higher rates of violent crime. We have to grant the right to vote not just to people upon release from prison. Neither was David Oyelowo for best actor.

The New Jim Crow: How the War on Drugs Gave Birth to a Permanent American Undercaste

As factories closed, jobs were shipped overseas, deindustrialization and globalization led to depression in inner-city communities nationwide, and crime rates began to rise. Alexander identified failed drug war policies as the primary driver of those numbers, and called for a greater challenge to them by key civil rights leaders.

The real issue that lies at the core of every caste system ever created is the devaluing of human beings. Infour out of five drug arrests were for possession, only one out of five for sales.

And the question is:The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander 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/5(). America's new Jim Crow system Michelle Alexander.

Trust us. Trust our rules, laws, customs and wars. You, too, can get to the promised land. Drug warriors are trying to get rid of those. The Impact of Mass Incarceration on People of Color, Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, and Insights from MSW Criminal Justice Students.

Watch video · civil rights advocate and the author of the best-selling book, The New Jim Crow: discussion with Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim drug war is the new Jim Crow,” and I just. ― Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness tags: bigotry, injustice, jim-crow, racism 10 likes.

The New Jim Crow study guide contains a biography of Michelle Alexander, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

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