The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration Essay

942 Words Oct 5th, 2015 4 Pages
The video we were asked to write a reflection on discussed The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness which is a book written by Michelle Alexander a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate and Associate Professor of Law at Ohio State University. Michelle Alexander states that although we made tremendous progress with Civil Rights Movement in the 1950s by unifying as a race and fought to seemingly ended the old Jim Crow era by the passing of laws such as the 1965 voting act and Brown V.S Board Of Education which overturned Plessey V.S Ferguson; African Americans went through horrifying ordeals to destroy the old Jim Crow system but it was never eructated but in actuality redesigned in the form of our criminal justice system; but before expounding on Alexander’s New Jim Crow it is essential to discuss what exactly The Old Jim Crow was. The old Jim Crow was a system of segregation and discrimination that barred African Americans Americans from a status equal to that of white Americans; the original Jim Crow was laws created after slavery ended, which promoted racial discrimination in vast areas of African American lives such as public housing, employment, voting, and education. In 1865 the abolition of slavery was meant to bring about significant changes in American society specifically on the lives of African Americans. However, the newly freed slaves dealt with a fluctuation of liberty and oppression through the Jim Crow Laws after the…

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