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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness a book by Michelle Alexander a civil rights litigator and legal scholar, published in 2010(The New Press). The book deals with race-related and social, political, and legal phenomena in the United States and attempts to apply the term 'The New Jim Crow' to the situation of African Americans in the contemporary United States. The name derives from the original Jim Crow laws that prevailed in the states of the former Confederacy of the U.S. through the 1960s. This book was on The New York Times Best Seller List ten consecutive months, and philosopherCornel West has called it a "secular bible for a new social movement in early twenty-first-century America." In the book Alexander deals primarily with the issue of the current mass levels of incarceration in the United States (with 5%of the world's population, U.S. incarcerates 25%of the world's prisoners) and what she perceives as societal repression of AfricanAmerican men and, to a lesser degree, Latino men. She discusses the social consequences of various policies for people of color, as well as for the US population as a whole. According to Alexander, the majority of black men in large American cities are "warehoused in prisons," their labor no longer needed in the globalized economy. Alexander maintains that many young black men, once they are labeled as "felons," become trapped in a second-class status that they find difficult to escape. The conventional point of view holds that discrimination has mostly ended with the Civil rights movement reforms of 1960s. Alexander claims the U.S. criminal justice system uses the “War on Drugs” as a primary tool for enforcing traditional, as well as new, modes of discrimination and repression.
Welcome. to Live Talk with Odie Hawkiins. Odie Hawkins has been given the title, “The Underground Master”, by a loyal constituency. We'll delve into Odie's impressive body of work in a little while. But Odie just finished a book and I'm anxious to hear Odie talk about the latest book he's read...
So today's show features Odie discussing his take on The New Jim Crow, by Michelle Alexander.
Following are three reviews on the book: "An explosive debut...alarming, provocative, and convincing."-Kirkus Reviews
"Carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable." -Publishers Weekly
"Now and then a book comes along that might in time touch the public and educate social commentators, policymakers, and politicians about a glaring wrong that we have been living with that we also somehow don't know how to face. Then New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander is such a work." -The New York Review of Books
Odie just read it. Let's hear what he has to say about the book.
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In this show, we dicuss Michelle Alexandar's best selling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Black Free Thinkers host Kim Lee will join me in a much needed ongoing discussion of instutionalized racism, the prison industral complex, and what mass incarceration means to the future of the United States, with the highest imprisonment population of the entire world.
Many members and friends of Unitarian Universalist congregations are reading The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, the current Common Read of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Over the course of eight episodes, this radioblog is a chapter-by-chapter exploration of the themes of the book, from the perspectives of scholars, actvists, lawyers and people of faith grappling with Alexander's central message: "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 milions to permanent second-class status -- even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness."
The hosts for the New Jim Crow Radioblog are Carlton Elliott Smith, one of the ministers of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (VA), and Alex Boston, one of its members.
The New Jim Crow RadioBlog is brought to you by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington (VA), Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church (Camp Springs, MD), Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church (Burke, VA), All Souls Church, Unitarian (Wash., DC), and the First Unitarian Church of Baltimore.
Michelle Alexander, civil rights lawyer, advocate and legal scholar on her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. In the better half, discussion of violence and black bloc tactics in context of Occupy movement continues, Breitbart … Continue reading →
Even as America celebrates the 1 year anniversary of Barack Obama's inauguration, race remains a dominant factor in our society. In her book, The New Jim Crow, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that our current reliance on mass incarceration amounts to a devastating system of racial control in America. Join Michelle Alexander and host Joe Conason for a frank discussion on race in America.
Michelle Alexander is a longtime civil rights advocate and litigator. She holds a joint appointment at the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in Columbus, Ohio.
Book Talk Radio is a project of the Progressive Book Club, and is hosted by Joe Conason. Joe Conason is national correspondent for The New York Observer, where he writes a weekly column distributed by Creators Syndicate. He is also a columnist for Salon.com, and the Director of the Nation Institute Investigative Fund. His latest book, It Can Happen Here: Authoritarian Peril in the Age of Bush, was released in February 2007.
RE-BROADCAST FROM May 21, 2010
Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, and law professor at Ohio State University, discusses the current configuration of law that effects deliberate damage to black males at least as horrid as older "Jim Crow Codes."
Tonight, a special audio taping by Michelle Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness". Wallace says fighting the criminal justice system and slavery-level social treatment of ex-felons is the most important civil rights movement to be fought in the United States today.