Jim Crow written
by Michelle Alexander is 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.
Since its publication in 2010, the book has appeared on the New York
Times bestseller list for more than a year; been dubbed the “secular
bible of a new social movement” by numerous commentators, including Cornel
West; and has led to consciousness-raising efforts in universities,
churches, community centers, re-entry centers, and prisons nationwide. The
New Jim Crow tells a truth our nation has been reluctant to face.
then a book comes along that might in time touch the public and educate social
commentators, policymakers, and politicians about a glaring wrong that we have
been living with that we also somehow don’t know how to face. The New
Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle
Alexander is such a work.