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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, 10th Anniversary ed. by Michelle Alexander
Call Number: Essential Read
Publication Date: New City Press, 2010, 2020.
In what is now a modern classic, issued in a 10th anniversary edition, Michelle Alexander informs readers how the mass incarceration of a disproportionate number of black men amounts to a devastating system of racial control. Despite the triumphant dismantling of the Jim Crow laws, the system that once forced African-Americans into a segregated second-class citizenship still haunts and the criminal justice system still unfairly targets black men and deprives an entire segment of the population of their basic rights. Outside of prisons, a web of laws and regulations discriminates against these wrongly convicted ex-offenders in voting, housing, employment and education. Alexander here offers an urgent call for justice.
(Runtime: 1:18:11, published September 9, 2019)
"A discussion of the school to prison pipeline and how the The US government, law enforcement agencies, prison industrial complex and banks profit from the War On Drugs." (Video description)
(Runtime: 1:32:00, published April 14, 2021)
An interview with people from Texas State University in which Michelle Alexander discusses abolition and defunding the police, the invisibility of incarcerated folks, and how veterans and incarcerated (and formerly incarcerated) share the quality of disposability. Alexander also reflects on her role in the movement saying she was blindsided when she was suddenly lauded as an expert. She notes that she wanted to step into a new role, away from law and the media, with the recognition that this is a marathon, not a sprint. The final question concerns the role of higher education institutions in this work.
(Runtime: 23:38, published October 16, 2013)
Michelle Alexander's TED talk on mass incarceration and the racial caste system in the United States. The talk focuses on her switch on if the United States legal system has created racial caste system through criminalization, the methods and results of the War on Drugs, and the US Supreme Court's rejection of legal cases trying to point out racial bias.