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Analysis Of The New Jim Crow By Professor Michelle Alexander

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Professor Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, writes that a racial caste system existing in America reflect the Jim Crow laws that were "separate but equal" from the time of the Civil War until the passage of the Civil Rights Acts in the mid 1960's and which continue today. She is a graduate from Stanford Law School and Vanderbilt University and clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun on the United States Supreme Court and for Chief Judge Abner Mikva on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Subsequently, she was on the faculty of Sanford Law School serving as the Director of the Civil Rights Clinic before receiving a Soros Justice Fellowship and an appointment to the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University. Professor Alexander has litigated civil rights cases in private practice while associated with at Saperstein, Goldstein, Demchak & Baller law firm, with additional advocacy through the non-profit sector, as the Director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California.
Alexander attempts to show by means of cultural and historical review, political decisions, enactment of legislation and statistical evidence from the time of the old Jim Crow laws, the retarded advancement of civil rights of young black men, and their mass incarceration. This occurrence produces a false reality and perpetuates the history of racial discrimination that exists today in America through a "caste system" by legal framework that disguising itself as the "War on Drugs." The practice of mass incarceration labels and demonizes those persons to the point that they lose their rights to vote, limits employment, are denied housing and educational loans and destabilizes the black community, children, and families.
As Alexander's argues that racial discrimination by crafting it in a different manner by mass incarceration of young blacks, through the institutionalized control by America's legal system and by labeling criminals as deviants, who can be marginalized, thus, justifying societal neutralization in order to discriminate as to race without specifically calling racism by its real name. The rational organization of the Book, into six chapters, flows through the history of the transition from the "castes systems" of the slavery old Jim Crow to The New Jim Crow by mass incarceration. The process of the circumstances of arrest, the wide discretion of police, and the sanctioning of racism by "authorities" is very revealing. The book is well substantiating by statistical research and theory. The riddling of historical events to...

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