Essay on The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration

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(2) Race In her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, Michelle Alexander states that we still use our criminal justice system to “label people of color ‘criminals’ and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind” (2). She argues that federal drug policy disproportionately targets communities of color, which perpetuates the cycle of poverty and the mass incarceration of young, Black men. Because of the escalating rates of the mass incarceration of Black and Brown youth in this country, this population is being discriminated in forms of employment, housing, voting rights, food stamps, and especially educational opportunities. Alexander uses these various examples throughout her book to explain that the system we live under values certain lives over others. She enhances this claim by arguing the American prison system is an example of how we still have separate and unequal institutions. Because this prison system directly affects power structures and social hierarchies, The New Jim Crow raises awareness about how poor communities of color are being excluded from certain educational opportunities that might afford a safer and healthier life.
(3) Black Males in the Education System In the article “Commentary: 75 Years after the Mid-Education of the Negro: New Imperatives for the Education of Black Males,” Ivory A. Toldson states that “Black America faces a situation in education where less than half of Black males who start…

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