Michelle Alexander explains the racism behind mass incarceration of African American citizens and how the “war on drugs” has enabled a new kind of slavery.
This is a must watch if you've ever wondered why our prison populations are growing so large and why crime becomes a perpetual way of life for so many poor and low-income Americans. There is a reason.
Today, America incarcerates more Americans than ever before. More than other first world countries do (on a per capita basis) and there are some underlying racial reasons for this. Listen to Michelle Alexander tell the story of how she stumbled onto some of the reasons for this trend, how it hurts all Americans human rights, and some of her solutions to reverse this trend.
Michelle Alexander is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar. She has taught at a number of universities, including Stanford Law School, where she was an associate professor of law and directed the Civil Rights Clinics. In 2005 she won a Soros Justice Fellowship, which supported the writing of The New Jim Crow. The New Jim Crow has received rave reviews and has been featured in national radio and television media outlets. The book won the 2011 NAACP Image Award for best nonfiction.
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