Progressives Book Club

Meets the 2nd Monday of each month to discuss books that explore issues like racism, progressive politics, environmental activism, and equal rights for all.

 

 


 

 

Monday, May 8th, 7:00 pm

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander

 

Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness.

 

With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." 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 millions to a permanent second-class status even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action." 

 

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$19.95
ISBN: 9781595586438
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Press - January 16th, 2012