Article…Alexander argues that mass incarceration in America functions as a system of racial control in a similar way to how Jim Crow once operated. Alexander’s work draws attention to the racial disparity that exists in the criminal justice system. Alexander notes, “Race plays a major role-indeed, a defining role – in the current system, but not because of what is commonly understood as old-fashioned, hostile bigotry. This system of control depends far more on racial indifference (defined as a lack of compassion and caring about race and racial groups) than racial hostility – a feature it actually shares with its predecessors.”
This is very personal to me. Both of my brothers have been in the prison system. One has been in for the past 30 years for petty crimes that whites are overlooked for and released right away. I won’t go into details, but it is wrong. Almost every black I know has family or friends who are or have been incarcerated.
Educated blacks who would otherwise never be challenged by the system, are frequently targeted for “driving while black.” Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, various black celebrities have all given personal experiences. No black man is exempt. If the authorities don’t find anything, they will even make it up.
I’m going to continue highlighting the plight of blacks in America because there is a disease and epidemic of hatred and oppression against us that doesn’t seem to go away and appears to be escalating. ~Marion Young
By Jueseppi B.
Published on Jan 24, 2013
Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow” – 2013 George E. Kent Lecture
Published on Mar 15, 2013
Michelle Alexander, highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, Associate Professor of Law at Ohio State University, and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, delivers the 30th Annual George E. Kent Lecture, in honor of the late George E. Kent, who was one of the earliest tenured African American professors at the University of Chicago.
The Annual George…
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