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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: History, Political
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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 Books Ltd
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Had high hopes

I was really looking forward to reading this after reading other reviews but found it to be so repetitive. I kept wondering when it was going to change the record.
Alot of stats, too many to take it without having a visual copy infront of you.

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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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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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a book all should read

if you want to understand black history start here , regardless where you live especially if you're in the UK

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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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A must read

Impeccably researched, closely argued and utterly damning. It is an excoriating indictment of a corrupt system.

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  • Elsa Lilja
  • 20-06-20

The most important book of this decade: particularly urgent to inform how we should respond to the movement follw George Floyd

Michelle Alexander writes with an unparalleled thou toughness and persuasiveness of the ideology that installed and maintains mass incarceration and a racial caste system, akin to a MLK Jr of our time.

The story told here is widely applicable, and particularly current given the election of trump and a rise of xenophobic populism, the BLM movement and George Floyd.