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According to Alexander, the majority of young black men in large American cities are "warehoused in prisons" (their labor no longer needed in the globalized economy) or, after having and labeled as "felons", are permanently trapped in a second-class status. The conventional point of view holds that discrimination has mostly ended with the Civil rights movement reforms of the 1960s. However, the U.S. criminal justice system uses the “War on Drugs” as its primary tool in the continuation of many of the traditional and new forms of discrimination.
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