Mass Incarceration In Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow

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“Blacks now make up a larger portion of the prison population…,black men are imprisoned at 6.5 times the rate of white men” (Forman 102). In modern day society, people are shocked when they are told that a racial caste system still exists. The Recent election has vividly shown how we live in a racially divided nation. Some people believe that there is no division in the country and states, that we have finally reached equality due to some powerful influential black people: the President of United States and Oprah. However, segregation and racial stigma still lives in our society and it supports the racial caste system. In Michelle Alexander’s book; The New Jim Crow, she points out how enforcement of drug laws has negatively affected the black population. After Practicing slavery and Jim crow, the American system now uses the criminal justice system to marginalized blacks. Additionally, James Forman Jr provides different solutions to the issue of mass incarceration.
Michelle Alexander talks about how the system continuously control the lives of African Americans. From the beginning, blacks were seen as the right targets to the system.
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Michelle Alexander argues that this issue is not new to the black community, rather it is a different strategy the system uses to oppress blacks. Alexander talks about how blacks go from one oppressive system to another. In the beginning, it was slavery, then came the Jim Crow and now mass incarceration. She argues that the system will never change, it will only create a new strategy. On the other hand, Forman argues that change is possible, only if we change the way we handle mass incarceration. First, we have to acknowledge all races, then pass and practice laws that promote safety, treat criminals with respect and finally address the issue concerning violence. This is some of the ways that America can solve the issue of mass

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