Racial Equality In Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow

Good Essays
Michelle Alexander writes in the preface that her intended audiences for the book “The New Jim Crow” are the people who care about racial equality, and this immediately struck me. This is because racial equality is very important in today’s society, and Alexander expresses that. It does not seem normal, in my opinion, for a person to think otherwise. This is where Alexander’s “new” Jim Crow laws become very interesting to me.
Michelle Alexander’s style of writing was specifically noticeable, as well as her introduction of the Cotton story and how he, his father, grandfather, and great grandfather were denied their right to vote. It allowed for readers to identify with racial issues, dating back to the era of Cotton’s great grandfather, up to

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    In chapter five of Michelle Alexander’s book entitled, “The New Jim Crow”, she tackles the topic that most of the Americans ignore. In the beginning of this chapter, she mentioned president Barack Obama’s speech on father’s day. In Obama’s he stated that many fathers are missing or MIA, and AWOL with their responsibilities. This scenarios can perfectly describe African Americans family, where many children does not have their fathers by their side. As Alexander argues, “a black child born today…

    • 311 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Civil Liberties Union, Michelle Alexander’s perspective changed as she gained insight on the racial bias in our criminal justice system and how it has been altered throughout time. In The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindless, Alexander compares our current justice system to the Jim Crow laws of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, which enforced racial segregation, by calling our system “The New Jim Crow.” Alexander describes America’s racial history in depth by covering…

    • 849 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Alexander’s quote setting off one of the early parts of The New Jim Crow essentially declares the foundation of our country. Although the discrimination isn’t, for the most part, as out in the open as it used to be, it is still maintained by preserving the social castes today. The presence of a social caste system in today’s society implies truthfulness in Alexander’s statement. When Alexander insisted that American democracy was built on a time when the black person was seen as three fifths the…

    • 673 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    In the New Jim Crow written by Michelle Alexander, Alexander reminds us of the retrospect of what we once knew, the grating truth hidden behind the land of freedom, racial prejudice towards the colored. Although today, America guarantees liberal rights to every individual of color. Alexander argues that the cateism still lingers beyond the lines of our society. Michelle supports her argument through the rebirth of the Old Jim Crow, War on Drugs and the racial caste system. Alexander believes that…

    • 471 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    “The slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; then moved back again toward slavery.” The ”New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander, published in 2010, explains the development and constant change of the current racial caste system and its effects on African-Americans and other minorities. She offered a persuasive analysis on why our society is the way it is and how those who are affected can change it.…

    • 70 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Better Essays

    The New Jim Crow

    • 1601 Words
    • 7 Pages

    In Michelle Alexander's “The New Jim Crow” book, Alexander challenges the belief that racism does not exist in America today. She instead, suggests that racism exists today but in a different, more subtle, way. She explores America’s history and key points the significant movements our country has gone through in regards to racial discrimination. In doing this, she offers her point of view in how those movements are still represented in our government and society today. She especially, emphasizes…

    • 1601 Words
    • 7 Pages
    Better Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Michelle Alexander uses her book, The New Jim Crow to prove to society that mass incarceration is a form of racialize social control. I agree with her because a predominant amount of African American males are with held behind bars more than any other race especially caucasians. Everyone faces discrimination is some type of way because it happens within classrooms and public places. The main factor is showing how breaking the law is the new…

    • 76 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness was written by Michelle Alexander to expose the truth of racial injustice in the system of mass incarceration through the comparison of the racial control during the Jim Crow Era. She reveals how race plays an important role in the American Justice System. Alexander argues about the racial bias, particularly towards African-Americans, immanent in the war on drugs as a result of their lack of political power and how the Supreme Court…

    • 733 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    The New Jim Crow

    • 1050 Words
    • 5 Pages

    still a racial caste system in America. After witnessing the election of a black president, people have started believing that America has entered a post-racial society. This is both a patently false and dangerous mindset. The segregation and stigma of race is still very much alive in our society. Instead of a formalized institution such as slavery or Jim Crow, America has found a new way to continue the marginalization of blacks by using the criminal justice system. In Michelle Alexander’s book “…

    • 1050 Words
    • 5 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    New Jim Crow

    • 857 Words
    • 4 Pages

    The New Jim Crow The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander, is a book about the discrimination of African Americans in today 's society. One of Alexander 's main points is the War on Drugs and how young African American males are targeted and arrested due to racial profiling. Racial profiling, discrimination, and segregation is not as popular as it used to be during the Civil War, however, Michelle Alexander digs deeper, revealing the truth about…

    • 857 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays