Essay about The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration

853 Words Dec 14th, 2016 4 Pages
Minority groups have faced arduous challenges in society; from either slavery, segregation and discrimination. These individuals have been taught from a young age to challenge the negative images of their community and have been taught to adapt to respectability politics. Respectability politics are interpreted as a way of having individuals of a certain group conform to social norms. This method is used to gain “acknowledgment” or “demonstrate” their capabilities to the majority hierarchy. Although respectability politics is used as a way to gain equal opportunities, it is an ineffective solution for challenging racism because many American social structures continue to be biased towards minorities. The Civil Rights Movement’s purpose was to terminate Jim Crow laws in order to put an end to segregation. The movement was successful, granting minority groups the opportunity to prosper and enabled them to be part of society. However, Michelle Alexander believes that segregation and discrimination still exist but is not visible. In Alexander’s article, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, she explains that despite the Civil Rights Act’s, there is a new form of racial discrimination that may not be visible to many, and that is the mass incarceration towards minority groups. For instance, Alexander states that mass incarceration achieves racial segregation “by segregating prisoners-the majority of whom are black and brown-from mainstream…

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