Book Review: The New Jim Crow

 

Photo courtesy of newjimcrow.com.

Photo courtesy of newjimcrow.com.

 

It is not surprising that The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander was featured on the New York Time’s bestseller list for more than a year.   Alexander’s book addresses the ugly truth about ‘mass incarceration in the age of colorblindness; a truth that our nation is reluctant to face.   However, Alexander leaves everything on the table in her book with the most important take away being that many gains of the civil right movement have been undermined by mass incarceration of black Americans in the ‘War on Drugs’.   In fact, Alexander uses historical evidence, statistics, and real life cases to prove that incarcerating young African American males through the ‘War on Drugs’ was done intentionally as a method of control after the Civil Rights movement. Continue reading