What Is Mass Incarceration In The New Jim Crow?

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In a book titled “The New Jim Crow” by author Michelle Alexander, opened my eyes to the evolved new system of oppression. This concept was introduced as the Mass incarceration of America in a colorblind society. through thoughtful consideration; laws and legislation keep this new Jim Crow planted in our society. These individuals affected are black men and throughout history have never had the opportunity of an unoppressed American society. Overall this issue didn’t begin overnight it took time and a president to declare a literal War on Drugs that began a systematic roundup of these black men. We are currently living in a time of racial disparity reminiscent of the original Jim Crow south but the overshadowing images of mass incarceration …show more content…
This topic is discussed so often today everyone should have a good grasp of the concept of these terms. To elaborate on the concept of mass incarceration is the systematic round up of minorities in the prison system as a direct result of the War on Drugs. Throughout the reading, Alexander mentions other sources on television and other media outlets that beg the question, “where are all the good black men?”. As a joke, they say there aren’t any left or they’re dating out of their race or even president Obama calling to the problem of the absence of black men in their children’s life (Rothenberg 2016). In the Rothenberg text, Alexander explains the process that this nation put these black men through, and people of color, using the War on drugs as a means of getting these black men in the first phase of entrapment “the roundup” (Rothenberg 2016). As a …show more content…
To understand how our nation ended up here it’s important to analyze our history and the development of behaviors and attitudes over time. When Africans were brought here on slave ships in the beginning stages of our nationhood they were used for one thing to serve white Europeans. As the time for slavery somewhat dissipated the concept was fought over. During the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation Proclamation that declared all blacks free from slavery (Rothenberg 2016). Once slavery was made permanently illegal with the passage of the 13th Amendment that stated “Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for a crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.” there were other systems of oppression implemented (Rothenberg 2016). Since whites thought blacks weren’t intelligent, literate, well manner etc., their voting rights should be revoked by using these tools of disenfranchisement grandfather clause, literacy tests, and poll fees. It destroyed the blacks voting rights yet again another means of oppression. When these means of oppression were eliminated via the Voting rights act it only solved one problem. In every event mentioned above the tools used to discriminate blacks were taken away and made illegal but the ideology was never destroyed. These Caucasian males

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