The New And Reformed Racial Caste System Essay

1980 Words Oct 27th, 2016 8 Pages
From 1877 to the mid-1960s a system was put in place after the Reconstruction period that enforced racial segregation targeting the black community. Justification was made to the system, such as the “separate but equal” status, however, still these laws discriminated against the African American community. This racial caste is considered as the Jim Crow. Over fifty years ago this racial caste system that operated mostly in the southern and border states was concluded, or so it is said to have been concluded.i Is there still a racial caste system in America? According to Michelle Alexander in her book “The New Jim Crow” she has concluded that there is a new and reformed racial caste system, known as the criminal justice system, keeping mostly African Americans incarcerated as slaves.ii If you are incarcerated, according to the 13th Amendment, “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their The Punishment Clause or "prisoner-labor exception clause" is often misinterpreted to allow both conditions of slavery and involuntary servitude as a punishment for a crime.” Therefore, if you are a criminal you are a “slave” to the governmentiii. A racial caste system is described by Alexander in the Introduction of the book as a “stigmatized racial group lacked into and inferior position by law and custom. Jim Crow and slavery were caste…

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