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

by: Michelle Alexander

Publisher: PGW (2009)

$18.99

Staff Pick by comrade: Gianna

Are you pissed off about the prison industrial complex? If no: REEVALUATE! If yes: read this damn book. It chronicles the history of racial control in the U.S. and the rise of the prison industrial complex. The war on drugs is fucked up, man. Read this and then get involved in the No New Youth Jail movement.

Onceinagreatwhileabookcomesalongthatchangesthewayweseetheworldandhelpstofuelanationwidesocialmovement.TheNewJimCrowissuchabook.PraisedbyHarvardLawprofessorLaniGuinieras"braveandbold,"thisbookdirectlychallengesthenotionthattheelectionofBarackObamasignalsaneweraofcolorblindness.Withdazzlingcandor,legalscholarMichelleAlexanderarguesthat"wehavenotendedracialcasteinAmerica;wehavemerelyredesignedit."BytargetingblackmenthroughtheWaronDrugsanddecimatingcommunitiesofcolor,theU.S.criminaljusticesystemfunctionsasacontemporarysystemofracialcontrol—relegatingmillionstoapermanentsecondclassstatus—evenasitformallyadherestotheprincipleofcolorblindness.InthewordsofBenjaminToddJealous,presidentandCEOoftheNAACP,thisbookisa"calltoaction."

Called"stunning"byPulitzerPrize–winninghistorianDavidLeveringLewis,"invaluable"bytheDailyKos,"explosive"byKirkus,and"profoundlynecessary"bytheMiamiHerald,thisupdatedandrevisedpaperbackeditionofTheNewJimCrow,nowwithaforewordbyCornelWest,isamustreadforallpeopleofconscience.