Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow

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The author Michelle Alexander is very well known as a lawyer that emphasizes civil rights. However, from her piece which is called ‘The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’. She points that there is some legal arrangement which looks like very reliable and suitable but in fact, it took the place of a racial caste system with a another one. The author points out about racial issues that the past and the present have same racial problems. Also, she creates images which will make the audiences to cower but it also makes the readers to believe her persuasion.

From her 2nd page of the book she mentioned that “What has changed since the collapse of Jim Crow has less to do with the basic structure of our society than with the language we use to justify it. In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. So we don’t. Rather than directly rely on race, we use the criminal justice system to label people of color “criminals” and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind.” this tells about, as the Jim Crow laws which were legalized on racial segregation were ending and new racial caste system was begin.

In her book, she tells us about a story about Jarvis Cotton. Who was a African American man and was arrested several times. Through the history of USA, African American people have been treated severely discriminated against based on born rights. The author provides an example that how his family rights were being treated wrong in different ways and reasons. For instance, his great grandfather was a slave and was threatened from the KKK (Ku Klux Klan). Also, they were not able to make a vote due to the color of their skin.

In page 100 of her book, she mentioned about a statistic which was made on public “The racial bias inherent in the drug war is a major reason that 1 in every 14 black men was behind bars in 2006, compared with 1 in every 106 white men” However, she argues that this statistics are fake. Therefore, she provided some research that she did to form a strong case. The author try to persuade the audience about the US is actually a racist culture. This means that she believes there are many racial stereotypes of people who were born in the same age of the Jim Crow who are still alive and make influence to the public nowadays. This makes the readers to doubt on the colorblind legal system.

From page 103 “Would you close your eyes for a second, envision a drug user, and describe that person to me…95% of responders pictured a black drug user…” Then in page 106 she makes her...

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