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Starred Review. Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action may blur our vision of injustice: most Americans know and don't know the truth about mass incarceration—but her carefully researched, deeply engaging, and thoroughly readable book should change that. (Feb.)
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a very serious treatise on the pervasive built in racism of our war on drugs and our criminal justice system. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Ruth W. Messinger
I had to convert this to CDs to use in my car but the book is very enlightening. It explains many aspects of why we have so many people in prison. Read morePublished 1 day ago by TV Guy
The book was in perfect condition and I have truly enjoyed reading it this far.Published 4 days ago by Victor C. Mercado Jr.
One of the best books I have ever read. Five years after it was first published, Alexander's analysis of how mass incarceration and the so-called war on drugs is actually a war on... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Ilene
This is a great read! The author puts a lot of things in perspective that most people take for granted and/or never think about...and its backed up with facts and data!Published 6 days ago by Darryl Moore
This book is a must read for anyone concerned with mass incarcration in the United States. An eye opener!Published 6 days ago by Sabrina Cowans