If you are poor, marginalized, or relegated to an inferior caste, there is hope for you. During Reading Engage students in a close reading of the excerpt. You, too, can get to the promised land. In the third and final segment, our advocacy department will speak to people doing the work to make change, and, we hope, will give concrete steps that the audience can take in their daily lives to move the needle on issues that move them. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to. He pushed for federal housing to kick out anyone with a criminal history; this led to a surge of homelessness. She spoke at Riverside Church in Manhattan May 21, 2011.
The results have been predictable: people of color rounded up en masse for relatively minor, non-violent drug offenses. Drug warriors are trying to get rid of those drug kingpins and violent offenders who make ghetto communities a living hell. Discussions can be structured in a number of ways. Recent data shows, though, that much of black progress is a myth. Conservatives capitalized on the fact that most of the costs of racial equality had been borne by poor whites neighborhoods near black ghettos, integrated schools, job competition.
At the same time, drug treatment, prevention, and education programs were cut. The entrance into this new caste system can be found at the prison gate. Although actual drug usage was not up, the illegal campaign successfully convinced Americans of this. Alexander maintains that this undercaste is hidden from view, invisible within a maze of rationalizations, with mass incarceration its most serious manifestation. This is the point at which I am typically interrupted and reminded that black men have higher rates of violent crime. The Reagan administration seized on this development with glee, hiring staff who were to be responsible for publicizing inner-city crack babies, crack mothers, crack whores, and drug-related violence.
The criminal justice system is the gateway into the larger system of stigmatization and marginalization. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice. Black politicians also have other foci. Schuessler notes that the book has galvanized both black and white readers, some of whom view the work as giving voice to deep feelings that the criminal justice system is stacked against blacks, while others might question its portrayal of anti-crime policies as primarily motivated by racial animus. Have students read the excerpt independently and silently, marking the text with. This film thus remained in the Miramax vaults unreleased during this time of uncertainty.
The government's successful media campaign made possible an unprecedented expansion of law enforcement activities in America's urban neighborhoods, and this aggressive approach fueled widespread belief in that posited government plans to destroy the black population. Alexander points out that a large percentage of African Americans are hindered by the discriminatory practices of an ostensibly colorblind criminal justice system, which end up creating an undercaste where upward mobility is severely constrained. Affirmative action, though, has put a happy face on this racial reality. The recent disintegration of the African American family is due in large part to the mass imprisonment of black fathers. Follow us on Twitter Ashley Archibald is a Staff Reporter covering local government, policy and equity.
This is not Martin Luther King, Jr. A judge found that violated his constitutional rights and Washington state law, but the city has appealed the decision. Under the series of the anti-black laws, African Americans were treated as inferior and second class citizens. It is because of this that Alexander argues for issues with mass incarceration to be addressed as issues of racial justice and civil rights. And the vast majority of that increase is due to the War on Drugs.
Whites were afraid of the newly-freed slaves and perpetuated stereotypes of the angry black man. In the words of H. Democrats began competing with Republicans to prove that they could be even tougher on the dark-skinned pariahs. Michelle Alexander, in her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness shatters this dominantly held belief. It was a great experience and a lot was learned. The kicker will be attorney Ann LoGerfo of Columbia Legal Services. In real life, the answer is no.
Millions of people of color are now saddled with criminal records and legally denied the very rights that their parents and grandparents fought for and, in some cases, died for. Please help keep Common Dreams alive by making a contribution. As another example, a technology company that recently went public reported its first quarterly earnings results. However, there is no broader movement and the tendency is to treat the criminal justice system like any other institution with lingering racial issues. It landed on bestseller lists, was discussed in the media endlessly, made Alexander an activist-scholar hero, and led to many subsequent handbooks and publications on how to bring its prescriptions for a better criminal justice system to fruition. The scholarly way that Professor Michelle Alexander outlines her argument about the impact of new Jim Crow laws by enprisoning African American males is a new form of slavery. However, many of the new laws lacked teeth.
Trust our rules, laws, customs, and wars. Third, she says our penal system is one of control unprecedented in human history. The drug war has never been focused on rooting out drug kingpins or violent offenders. Audio: Riverside Church, Camera: Joe Friendly. Unemployment rates in black communities rival those in Third World countries. The goal was to make inner-city crack abuse and violence a media sensation, bolstering public support for the drug war which, it was hoped, would lead Congress to devote millions of dollars in additional funding to it. Sadly, at the same time, crime rates began to rise.