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"After reading The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander's stunning work of scholarship, one gains the terrible realization that, for people of color, the American criminal justice system resembles the Soviet Union's gulag---the latter punished ideas, the former punishes a condition."
-David Levering Lewis, Pulitzer-prize winning historian at NYU and author of W.E.B. Du Bois: The Fight for Equality and the American Century, 1919-1963
The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
by Michelle Alexander,
The New Press,
New York 2010,
From Wikipedia: "According to Alexander, the majority of young black men in large American cities are "warehoused in prisons" (their labor no longer needed in the globalized economy) or, having criminal record, labeled as "felons", permanently trapped in a second-class status. The communities of color are targeted and decimated by the U.S criminal justice system, with the War on Drugs being the primary tool chosen by the establishment intent on continuation of many of the traditional and new forms of discrimination, discrimination which according to the conventional point of view had mostly ended with the Civil rights movement reforms of the 1960s."
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