The New Jim Crow - Michelle Alexander

The New Jim Crow

By Michelle Alexander

  • Release Date: 2012-01-16
  • Genre: Social Science
Score: 4.5
From 255 Ratings


Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action."

Called "stunning" by Pulitzer Prize–winning historian David Levering Lewis, "invaluable" by the Daily Kos, "explosive" by Kirkus, and "profoundly necessary" by the Miami Herald, this updated and revised paperback edition of The New Jim Crow, now with a foreword by Cornel West, is a must-read for all people of conscience.


  • It's a good book, but has it's Flaws.

    By Moose10503
    This book is a good read and brings many issues to the forefront. Everyone should read it! The drug war is a complete failure and needs drastic changes to overcome multiple issues. The facts or lack of information in this Book is the biggest failure the author neglected to fully develop. Very subjective in presenting information to the reader to move her agenda along. This would have been five stars if it was more objective and included facts about mass incarceration as a whole, but that might dilute the author's intended purpose. Lastly even if all drug offenders were released form prison tomorrow, the U.S. Would still have more people behind bars than any other country. Seeing how drug offenses only account for about 20% of the total prison population.
  • The new Jim Crow

    By Personal FX
    The book " THE NEW JIM CROW " should be read by each and every young man of high school age. The book reveals the alarming rates of ego involved institutions based on fear and separation. Nothing can be changed without first being aware.
  • Illuminating

    By MarieFernande's iPhone
    We are human. Humans make mistakes. Sadly, some humans are allowed to recover and even thrive after they err. However, some are not allowed that opportunity. What distinguishes those who err but are afforded the opportunities to overcome from those who err and must forever pay for the exact same mistakes? Race. Sadly race is the difference. After all this time we are still unable to see our common humanity because of race. This book angered me. But ultimately, enlightened me and encouraged me. We've got to make a change.
  • The New Jim Crow

    By jazz8string
    This should be MANDATORY reading for everyone! It is the blueprint for bringing true freedom and democracy to 21st c. America.
  • Much Needed

    By Malik Haughton
    Everyone should read this book. It will wake you up.
  • Really?

    By Stephanie in So. Cal
    Considering the book was written by a very educated woman, it was quite absurd! The ideas expressed were just outlandish & infantile. it should be labeled fiction! read Frederick douglas instead as it's profound & more relative to Jim crow than this book!