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Michelle Alexander on the New Jim Crow


Michelle Alexander, Associate Law Professor at Moritz School of Law and Author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." Credit:

Michelle Alexander has struck a chord in so-called ‘post racial’ America.  The Ohio State University law professor makes the case that the United States’ current criminal justice system policies can be traced directly back to slavery.  Those targeted now, as they were then, are African Americans.

On this edition, Michelle Alexander talks about her book, ‘The New Jim Crow.  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’.

Special Thanks to KUOW Radio in Seattle.


Michelle Alexander, Ohio State Law Professor and Author of ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness’

For More Information:

ACLU on Criminal Justice
Blacks Far More Likely Than Whites To Be Jailed For Low-Level Drug Crimes
Brennan Center for Justice
Critical Resistance
KUOW Radio
Michelle Alexander
Michelle Alexander on Democracy Now!
Michelle Alexander on Huffington Post
The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
Prison Activist
The Sentencing Project

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  1. Love your show and the truth you bring with it. Hope to meet you to be like you danny van

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  2. I found Michelle Alexander’s speech (heard today – 13 Dec 2012, on Williamsburg’s VA NPR station WHRO) and the case she presented, to be one of the most compelling arguments I have ever hear. I immediately tried to download it but had no success. Never mind. It will be worth paying for and I’ve gone ahead and ordered a CD from Oakland.

    It echoed what has been apparent for years, but ignored. Unfortunately, the imprisonment system has become a major segment of the industrial incarceration complex.

    I am interested in working with or on behalf of released prisoner, but don’t know where to start. When I was living in the UK I did work as a contract basic literacy/numeracy teacher.

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  4. I would like to buy the CDs in could you tell me how to order them. the new Jim Crow

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  5. Decriminalizing drugs, ending the prohibition there, would go a looong way to reduce the prison population. That being the case, can we ever expect it will happen? Only if the prison complex loosens its stranglehold on our state economies. As it is, there are $$ incentives to imprison more. That incentive needs to change.

    Great lecture.

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