The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander was a magnificent book. It describes the changes of the caste-like system in the United States. This cast system shows that millions of African Americans were locked behind bars and then forced to a second-class system. They unfortunately were denied the rights that they won in the Civil Rights Movement. This book tells the truth that America seems to ignore. Majority of blacks still have criminal backgrounds or are depicted to be a negative influence. Jim Crow laws were diminished a long time ago, but still in present time the African American society is denied rights that others have. At least these days you cannot use race as a divider within jobs or discrimination. In the book Michelle Alexander basically says that it is legal to discriminate against convicted criminals just like it was legal to discriminate against African Americans in the past. “We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” (Alexander) The New Jim Crow struggles to force civil rights to place incarceration in the most important spot for America to fix the justice system.
1. the main thesis/es of her book
2. summarize some of the critical points;
3. establish the historical context of the reading;
4. discuss the evidence presented (What examples does Alexander provided to support her argument?); 5. Identify where the evidence comes from (primary and/or secondary sources). In thinking of her thesis, ponder the title of the book. How does she compare mass incarceration of African Americans to the period of Jim Crow? Do you think it’s a compelling argument that is substantiated by her argumentation and evidence?
[ 1 ]. Alexander, Michelle. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. New York: New, 2010. Print.