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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness
Written by: Michelle Alexander
Narrated by: Karen Chilton
Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: History, Political

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Publisher's Summary

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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  • rachael thompson
  • 21-06-19

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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  • RitchD
  • 26-02-20

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