The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness x Michelle Alexander
From the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, "a call to action", The New Jim Crow is a book that changes the way that we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. This book directly challenges the notion that the election 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 control; relegating millions to a permanent second-class status even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. Powerful read!