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  • The New Jim Crow

  • Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness
  • By: Michelle Alexander
  • Narrated by: Karen Chilton
  • Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (204 ratings)

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Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The New Jim Crow, written by Michelle Alexander, read by Karen Chilton.

Once in a great while a book comes along that radically changes our understanding of a crucial political issue and helps to fuel a social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander offers a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status, denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights movement.

Challenging the notion that the election of Barack Obama signalled a new era of colourblindness in the United States, The New Jim Crow reveals how racial discrimination was not ended but merely redesigned. By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of colour, the American 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 colourblindness.

A searing call to action for everyone concerned with social justice, The New Jim Crow is one of the most important books about race in the 21st century.

©2019 Michelle Alexander (P)2019 Penguin Audio
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A very enlightening book

An excellent read. She gets to the root of the problem by explaining the history of it. I encourage everyone to read this book to have your mind opened to what is is really going on today.

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Thanks Michelle

The fire is no longer next time
We have to stroke it now
Again and again and again until the blaze yields abiding structures

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Unintended consequences.....?

Devastating analysis and critique of the 'War on drugs'. What started as a publìc 'good' rapidly deteriorated into a self-sustaining machine that is causing severe social damage to the black community of the USA. Depressing but compulsive listening. The narration is perfectly matched to the nature of the text.

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love

going to recommend this to everyone know and everyone I meet from now on! So interesting

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Incredible book. A must listen

This is an incredible book on racism, institutional racism and mass incarceration in the US. A phenomenal book that should be required listening. Had to go back and re-listen to a number of sections as I wasn’t sure I could believe what I heard. A must read

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Astounding that such ignorance & bigotry still exist

The book exposes the levels of deprivity & bigotry at all levels in the USA, but crucially an apathy among black people to do anything about it. I would also venture to say that the practices exposed are at play in Europe too.

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One of the most important books I have ever read

As we enter into another era of racial awareness I wanted to find out more about how the racism in America affects people of colour, particularly African Americans. I know things in the UK aren't good for a lot of black British and immigrant people, but with the tide of police killings in the USA and subsequent riots, I wanted to learn more. And this book taught me a lot. What I went looking for was detail and substance, not the awful self-hating likes of 'White Fragility' which the author of that work holds the belief if you are white you are a racist, and if you disagree with the premise you are racist, and if you don't want to discuss this you are racist, and if you don't get it you are....etc.

What The New Jim Crow shows with substantial data and insight is how the American state via the police, the courts, and prison system is systemically racist. If you are black or brown, to use the author's words, you are far more likely by a wide margin than white people to be stopped by the police on the street or when driving in your car, far more likely to be arrested, and far more likely to go to prison, often for what we in the UK would say are minor offences such as carrying a bit of cannabis. What can get you probation or a police caution here can get you 5 or more years for a first offence in the USA.

And it has been structured against African Americans for there is nothing to stop the police from fulfilling their arrest quotas by going into poor black neighbourhoods and carrying out stop and searches, then arresting young black men for any infraction of the law. This is not something that goes on in most white neighbourhoods.

There's a lot of good solid information and insight in this book that, for me, removed the scales from my eyes. To put it simply, the African American community is treated far worse by the criminal justice system to an appalling and detrimental degree that doesn't just seriously affect the men and women who get sent to prison, but damages and wrecks families and communities. From this book can come understanding and compassion, and knowledge that things need to change.
A stunning book.

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A historical account of black American segregation

A knowledgeable account of black American segregation as well as demystifying Jim Crow. Interesting account

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Heartbreakingly obvious

Every school in every country she have this book on its curriculum. Written with compassion and understandable frustration. Thankyou for opening my eyes

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horrible but great

most of this i new already, but tagen together, this makes you think and react, this is so much bigger then i realised. now i cant go back

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