The Silent Truth Of Mass Incarceration Of Blacks Across The Country

721 Words Oct 17th, 2016 3 Pages
Alexander focuses a chapter on the silent truth of mass incarceration of blacks across the country, attempting to compare it to the actual Jim Crow era while pointing out the differences. The parallels between the systems of control seem obvious while there are significant differences that Alexander highlights and tries to shrink, such as the assumption that Jim crow was race-based, when in fact laws were race-neutral but were set up in a way to make it seem otherwise. The argument stands with the parallel between Jim Crow and the drug war. Alexander says that laws having to do with the sale and use of drugs are supposedly “race neutral” but enforced in a “highly discriminatory fashion.” She argues that the drug war is set up to target African Americans but not whites, creating a racial caste system that is based on the “symbolic production of race,” where blacks today are seen as criminals just as they used to be seen as simply second-class citizens. Is this entirely true, however? Much of
Chapter five, The New Jim Crow, brings to light the denial of why African Americans are deemed “missing” from families and black communities; the media fails to address the dominant association of missing black fathers and imprisonment when the statistics are brought to the public eye. CNN and the New York Times fail to come out and recognize it as well. The numbers are there; mass incarceration of black males are freakishly close to those in the age of slavery. Missing black men and…

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