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 280 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.


  • Deep

    By Pclark538
    Must read for all Africans Americans.
  • Marvelous

    By rashidwali
    This is a true scholar's work. Chronological, concise, to the point. Every statement is sourced — EVERY statement. If you make the decision to read this book, you will no longer be able to shield yourself from the reality that racial-bias in this country has reached an epidemic point. You have have to take a stand and choose a side; are you with fairness or are you with injustice?
  • Must read for every one

    By Assjsskvc
    Thank you. I have been enlightened
  • 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.
  • 🙌

    By •m
  • The New Jim Crow

    By Dusty25steve
    One of the most enlightening books I have ever read!!!
  • Eye opener

    By Fred2797
    This book is a book worth reading for every one, not just African American. Opened my view on the legal justice system, that I once that was fair. I would definitely recommend this book for youth in high school. Created an everlasting change in my view of things.
  • 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.
  • most important book you will read

    By Bhoop76
    If you care about the issues surrounding racial equality, you will find this book necessary to help fine tune your thoughts and solidify your understanding of systematic racism. Well done.
  • 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.