The Never Ending Racism: The New Jim Crow By Michelle Alexander

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The Never Ending Racism Many people are not aware of how much racism still exists where our social lives are occurring. Racism is one of the worlds major issues today. It is obvious that it is as bad as it was many decades ago. Racism plays an important role in “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander. The New Jim Crow, Mass incarceration, is the rebirth of the caste system in the United States. People of color, blacks in particular, are being disproportional discriminated through the criminal justice system. The Criminal Justice System is being Mass incarceration creates a cycle that never ends for people that are locked up. This cycle perpetuates racial hierarchy because most of the people are black men and being in prison ruins their …show more content…

Their desperation leads them back to their criminal ways. In addition, criminals influence their children negatively because they are more likely to follow their fathers steps. The cycle creates a racial hierarchy because black men are continuously put in prison and therefore when they are out they are seen as criminals which puts them in the under class. As a result in the introduction of “The New Jim Crow,” Alexander states “Jarvious Cotton cannot vote. Like his father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather, he has been denied to participate in our electoral democracy.” Alexander introduces Jarvious Cotton, an African American man like generations of his family before him, who has been denied one of the most basic freedoms that democracy promises. She explains that they are viewed as a criminal and a felon just by the color of their skin. The New Jim Crow draws attention to the black men whose opportunities in life have been decreased by the laws of rights; they suffer as if they were felon. Mass incarceration are unfairly targeting African American communities. These unfair justices are often being kept from the view. Alexander

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