The New Jim Crow By Michelle Alexander Essay

825 Words Nov 30th, 2016 4 Pages
The black race, more specifically, the black male, has suffered immensely at the hands of society since the dawn of time. Michelle Alexander focused on this in her book, “The New Jim Crow.” Alexander believes that society is in an even worse shape than it was decades ago. She focuses on the various ways in which society has failed to diminish inequality. She proclaims that racial discrimination remains as powerful as it was under slavery and the post-slavery era of Jim Crow segregation. Both Alexander and I share the common belief that society is set up for the African-American race to fail and not prosper.
In Alexander’s, “The New Jim Crow” she focuses on the various ways that the African American male has continuously been hindered from advancing. The mass incarceration of the black male has grown continuously even when incarceration rates of various other races managed to decline. Alexander believes that the war on drugs played a major part in this. The criminal justice system used by society today functions as a new system of racial control by targeting black men through the “War on Drugs.” The Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 is a great example of the racial segregation used by society today. The Anti-Drug Abuse act encompassed far more severe punishment for distribution of crack most often associated with blacks while the punishment for powder cocaine often associated with whites resulted in a less harsh sentence. Once an individual is given the title “felon” there are…

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