Mass Incarceration In The Birth Of Slavery By Michelle Alexander

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Michelle Alexander pours out everything from beginning to end within this book. There was nothing that was off limits when she enlightened her audience about the prevalence of the mass incarceration of our African American men that still affects our society. Alexander argues several points and introduces concepts that we still face today. One of these arguments includes the argument with the war on drugs and the systematic issue of mass incarceration being a continual issue that operates on the biases of colorblindness. The essence of her arguments are captured in the concepts within three chapters of her book. These meaningful concepts include: The Round Up, The Conviction, and The Label which all lead into The New Jim Crow. Even though the …show more content…
The birth of slavery begins with the conceptual analysis of the old Jim Crow. Alexander shows how the United States still had social control. Through chattel slavery, the concept of race came about when the Europeans started to take over the other countries, fleeing, and taking over the land. Alexander also points out that the media has portrayed African Americans in a negative light since the beginning of time. African Americans have been made out to look like “savages”. That kind of negative attention through the media brutalizes and dehumanizes the race as a whole. With the dehumanization through the media, they are making it socially acceptable for others to disrespect the race. Without the dehumanization, slavery probably would have taken a different turn. The death of slavery, and the birth and death of Jim Crow, Alexander gives her audience a lesson about the history of slavery and how the discrimination came about. She explains the means of intimidation that happened through violence within the Southern States and the Ku Klux Klan. Her main point leads to the idea that the new racial caste system will take over sooner than one may think. As the politicians Ronald Regan and Richard Nixon

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