The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (Paperback)

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In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals in"The New Jim Crow," today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you''re labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination--employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service--are suddenly legal.
Featured on"The Tavis Smiley Show, ""Bill Moyers Journal, ""Democracy Now, "and C-Span''s"Washington Journal, "the book has become an overnight phenomenon, sparking a much-needed conversation about ways in which our system of mass incarceration has come to resemble systems of racial control from a different era.


Publisher Perseus Distribution Services
Mfg Part# 9781595586438
SKU 217059297
Format Paperback
ISBN10 1595586431
Release Date 1/16/2012
Sales Rank 4224
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Cornel West
Cornel West received his B.A. from Harvard University and his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980. He has taught at Union Theological Seminary in New York City, Yale Divinity School, Harvard, and Princeton University as a professor of religion and African-American Studies. A Marxist and theologian, West defined many of his concerns in a book he co-authored with bell hooks called BREAKING BREAD, in which the two discuss issues of race, gender, and education. His breakthrough book, RACE MATTERS, became a best seller, and he collaborated with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., on THE FUTURE OF THE RACE, which reflected West's greatest influence, W.E.B. DuBois. In 2002, West--by then a well-known public intellectual--was teaching at Harvard University, where he became embroiled in a well-publicized controversy with its president, Lawrence Summers, about West's outside work, teaching loads, and grading standards, as well as his participation in the making of a music CD entitled SKETCHES OF MY CULTURE that West called "rhythm and blues, but with a hip-hop dimension." West subsequently left Harvard and returned to Princeton.
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Editors Note Argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education and public benefits create a permanent under-caste based largely on race. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
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