IMA Book Addict! Excerpt of the Day from: The New Jim Crow

The New Jim Crow“These stark racial disparities cannot be explained by rates of drug crime. Studies show that people of all colors use and sell illegal drugs at remarkably similar rates. If there are significant differences in the surveys to be found, they frequently suggest that whites, particularly white youth, are more likely to engage in drug crime than people of color. That is not what one would guess, however, when entering our nation’s prisons and jails, which are overflowing with black and brown drug offenders. In some states, black men have been admitted to prison on drug charges at rates twenty to fifty times greater than those of white men. And in major cities wracked by the drug war, as many as 80 percent of young African American men now have criminal records and are thus subject to legalized discrimination for the rest of their lives. These young men are part of a growing undercaste, permanently locked up and locked out of mainstream society.”

Michelle Alexander – The New Jim Crow – Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

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3 thoughts on “IMA Book Addict! Excerpt of the Day from: The New Jim Crow

  1. Random thought
    It is easier to control the market if you get rid of the COMPETITION!!!
    “Lock em up” or let them “kill” each other.
    Just a thought

    1. I agree and as some have said, post slavery, the question became, “What do we do with all of these people we no need or want in “our” country?”

      I think we’ve found the answer…

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