The New Jim Crow Essay Questions

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The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander

Q #1: What is Alexander's thesis in the book and her purpose for writing this?
• The thesis mentioned in the books is that how the drug war effected the life of other people living in the surroundings. Basically she is try to tell the audience that SWAT teams were finishing the drug war but due to that a lot of innocent people got effected negatively. Everyone one was concern about their own benefits without taking care of their surroundings.
Q #2: In the section "Finders Keepers" what is the thesis sentence of the section?
• Basically in this paragraph author I trying to tell us that how SWAT teams were using the military equipment and taking over the belongings of the criminals for their own like
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In the drug war, they also targeted some other drug deals and suspects who were involved in drug business. Even though the big drug deals were still out.
Q #5: In the section "The Shakedown”, figurative language is used as emotional appeal. The use of imagery, figurative language, and narrative are all part of emotional appeal. Explain why "wolfpack" is part of emotional appeal and what the connotation of that phrase is. Describe why the author uses this phrase.
• Basically she used this world “wolfpack” to tell audience and readers that the police officers were working on a large scale like even if they saw a small number of people on the streets they were arresting them. Even without warrants they were roaming around that specific area and whoever they wanted to arrest they did. The reason behind this large number of arrests was their high authorities who gave them pressure to keep the number of arrest high. The small deals were inside the prison and the big dealers who are having enough of power were out and doing their business easily just because they had enough of money to buy the
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What did it take for Congress to act? What does this say to you about social class, race, and the law?
• Well I think they were not doing right ethically because the DEA team went to the MALIBU Ranch for the search of Marijuana but they couldn’t find anything.SO basically they were going to suspect’s houses to investigate and even if they don’t find anything they were still taking over people assets and belonging. This shows that just because they had authority so they effected people for no reason. The social class, race and law was basically got effected negatively.

Q #7: On page 84, Alexander writes that the Byrne grant program was renewed recently. What does this say to you about the drug war? What is the author's point?
• Therefore, the author is trying to tell her audience that all of us are just showing ourselves as an audience and we are not taking any action to stop those unethical actions in order to bring peace in the society. If we will not stand against these actions then it will become worse day by day.
Q #8: In "legal misrepresentation" Alexander, a lawyer, finally comes to law. In the introduction to the book and elsewhere, she has spoken passionately about criminal justice reform. What does she find in this

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