The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration In The Age Of Racism

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Racism has been around for a long time and it still exists today. It has been embedded to a degree that it reproduces itself. It is in the culture of the future generation. What is seen and taught to us in our environment is how we learn our behavior and actions towards others. Because of this, whether we realize it or not, racist behavior is taught and passed on. Dismantling this requires dialogue, reflection on ourselves (and others), and relearning our behaviors. In some cases, racism is subtle and in others, it is obvious. Since the Civil Rights Movement, progress has emerged but ignorance and denial of the past and recurrence of history still exist among many. This is covered in the reading, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness and documentary I Am Not Your Negro. The topics discussed include mass incarceration, history, and human relationships. I Am Not Your Negro compares America during the Civil Rights era with modern-day America. For example, it showed a parallel of the fight against injustice in the 1960s’ to a contemporary movement like Black Lives Matter. The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness focuses on the racial biases and the parallel between the criminal system to the Jim Crow laws. The purpose of the novel and the film is to spark a needed conversation, and to encourage people to rethink how history and our actions affect us as a society. The major themes of the reading are cultural interaction,

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