2012 UUA Common Read: The New Jim Crow;

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

New Jim Crow Thesis statements | williamrosarioblog

In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community - and all of us - to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

The New Jim Crow The New Jim Crow is a book that gives a look on how discrimination is still and at some post more prevalent today than it was in the 1850s.

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Paper instructions:
In The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, author Michelle Alexander argues
that it is important for us to understand that The New Jim Crow is the Prison Industrial Complex system which
has disproportionately incarcerated black men at an alarming rate in the United State. She writes: “ Like Jim
Crow (and slavery), mass incarceration operates as a tightly networked system of laws, policies, customs, and
institutions that operate collectively to ensure the subordinate status of a group defined largely by race
(Alexander, 13).
Carefully consider the four key points that Alexander raises in the passage above. In your essay of 4-5
pages, discuss whether or not you support Alexander’s position on her insights about mass incarceration in the
Age of Obama. Remember to do the following in your essay: 1) state your own position in your thesis
statement; and 2) support your thesis by discussing specific points that address Alexander’s main arguments.
All in all, your essay will include a combination of your own ideas, analysis, observations, and examples/details
as they relate to the main points that Alexander makes.

The New Jim Crow1 Michelle Alexander ..

Paper instructions:
In The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, author Michelle Alexander argues
that it is important for us to understand that The New Jim Crow is the Prison Industrial Complex system which
has disproportionately incarcerated black men at an alarming rate in the United State. She writes: “ Like Jim
Crow (and slavery), mass incarceration operates as a tightly networked system of laws, policies, customs, and
institutions that operate collectively to ensure the subordinate status of a group defined largely by race
(Alexander, 13).
Carefully consider the four key points that Alexander raises in the passage above. In your essay of 4-5
pages, discuss whether or not you support Alexander’s position on her insights about mass incarceration in the
Age of Obama. Remember to do the following in your essay: 1) state your own position in your thesis
statement; and 2) support your thesis by discussing specific points that address Alexander’s main arguments.
All in all, your essay will include a combination of your own ideas, analysis, observations, and examples/details
as they relate to the main points that Alexander makes.

that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow