Essay on The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration

1127 Words Dec 6th, 2016 5 Pages
In what color does society see in today? Throughout the years the war on drugs with African Americans has still stayed the same since 1971, but color blindness has played a big role into the sympathy that society has towards African Americans. Color blindness, when regarding to race, is a way to treat everyone equally without being judged which disregards any sort of culture, background, and struggle one is going through. Michelle Alexander’s expresses her point of view with the War on Drugs on African Americans in her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. She states that “rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color “criminals” and then engage in all practices we supposedly left behind… we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it” (2). The big issue in today 's society is that we live in a colorblind era which in fact is counterproductive to ending racism. We use the excuse of being colorblind in many racist situations where we hide the obvious racist acts.
After reading Michelle Alexander’s book, it seemed that the statistics in her book regarding drug arrests made on white and black males caught my attention. She explains how “1 in every black men was behind bars in 2006, compared with 1 in 106 white men. For young black men the statistics was worse. One in 9 black men between the ages of twenty and twenty-five was behind bars in 2006, and far more were under some form…

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