The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

Michelle Alexander | 2012
Posted in: African American Experiences Criminal Justice Reform
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Alexander recounts the rebirth of a caste-like system resulting in millions of African Americans locked behind bars, relegated to second-class status,  and denied the rights won in the legislation adopted following civil rights movement of the 60’s. In targeting black men through the War on Drugs, Alexander contends the U.S. criminal justice system is functioning as a contemporary racial control mechanism even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness.