Mass Incarceration Is the New Jim Crow

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Mass Incarceration is the New Jim Crow Daniel N. Johnson ENG: English Composition II Instructor: Ashton Schwarz November 11, 2014 The Mass incarceration of men of color (African-Americans) and to a lesser extent Latino-Americans is the 21st century New Jim Crow. It is the brainchild of American (European) Eugenics and/or white supremacy fueled by physical, social, and psychological warfare for the psychological and social annihilation of men of color. The social and racial disparity that men of color face when it comes to mass incarceration has proven detrimental much like the years of Jim Crow and slavery. It has been fueled by the ideology of white supremacy and American Eugenics, which uses propaganda and psychological warfare to convince non-people of color that men of color are a threat to their existence and our society as a whole. Michelle Alexander, who holds joint appointments with Ohio States Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, works as an attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and has made a profound impact on the topic of mass incarceration of men of color. In her critically acclaimed book (2010), "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," Michelle Alexander asserts that, “Like Jim Crow (and slavery), mass incarceration operates as a tightly networked system of laws, policies, customs, and institutions that operate collectively to ensure the subordinate status of a group defined largely by race.” (p.17). She goes on to say that, “…The fate of millions of people—indeed the future of the black community itself—may depend on the willingness of those who care about racial justice to re-examine their basic assumptions about the role of the criminal justice system in our society.” (p.28). Alexander is critically correct in her
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