Zach Bova Professor Leguizamo Core LLC: Human Behavior in Perspective 20 October 2015 Summary of “The New Jim Crow” In Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow” she analyzes how there is a pattern of young black men getting incarcerated because of the war on drugs, and how the policies that have been set by the federal government are discriminatory. She is suggesting that law enforcement is abusing their power in black communities and that the war on drugs is actually giving them the right to do so. With these policies set in place police are allowed to stop and search a person if they believe that they look suspicious in any way. Throughout the book the author presents the readers with a point of view showing the discrimination that still exists in America today. The original Jim Crow Laws enforced segregation in America; she is interpreting the war on drugs as “The New Jim Crow.” The author begins by explaining how she thinks that although as a country
When Ronald Reagan and George Bush first declared a War on Drugs in America, they opened a bunch of chaos, crime, social injustice, and a lot of heartache in the black community. The Drug War policies and laws that was implemented, violates human rights, and force police officers to aggressively pursue nonviolent criminals. This system was perfectly designed to gain social control rather than relieve neighborhoods from drugs, which have a lot of citizens questioning was this a major success or failure. Since the war on drugs have been declared, Americans have experienced nothing but an elevated level of mass incarceration, while drugs and violence have reached an all-time high in our communities. The prisons in America are leading the world
Her central thesis is that mass incarceration is “The New Jim Crow,” or the new system of control used by the government to uphold racial class in the U.S. This book will be helpful to my research because it directly discusses the topic of race and the criminal justice system. Amnesty International. (2003). United States of America: Death by discrimination
Stand Your Ground Law The Trayvon Martin case. This automatically should ring a bell in the mind of millions. This case sparked a deep debate about the systematic racism that is embedded within our government, and how legislation that are passed can continue to allow this to happen. Legislation such as the Stand Your Ground law, which is the defense that George Zimmerman used in his prosecution of the murder of young teen Trayvon Martin In the 2013 case of Florida v. Zimmerman ( Kessler) The Stand Your Ground Law is a highly controversial topic. The Stand Your Ground Law is a “self defense” law that allows someone to use specific or “deadly” force when they believe their life is in immediate danger.
In the 1800’s, African Americans were affected by the Jim Crow Laws in the South because of the discrimination. The Jim Crow Laws were a set of strict rules preventing blacks from having the same privileges as whites. These laws affected blacks and treated them differently because of the color of their skin. From having different ways of transportation for African Americans, to not letting them use the same restroom, the Jim Crow Laws had a tremendous impact across America. Throughout my research, I learned how the blacks were affected after the Jim Crow Laws were passed.
Do you believe there is a new Jim Crow in America 's justice system? Well, in the book The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, Alexander believes that America 's criminal justice system is racially biased. Furthermore, she believes that the legal system is trying to punish African Americans. There are many people that believe Alexander statements is very bold and not true. Adam Gopnik who wrote the article How We Misunderstand And Mass Incarceration believes that America criminal justice system is not racially biased, but the system has political motives.
The law is meant to protect and serve Americans, until those in power use it against lower social classes. Time states, “As the evocative language of these laws suggests, the crime of vagrancy had long historical roots. Since the 16th century, vagrancy laws had been used in England to uphold hierarchy and social order (Goluboff).” For African Americans, these laws were created and used against them to incarcerate them. Seven Guitars by August Wilson historically demonstrates how vagrancy laws and systemic racism effected African Americans. Throughout the play characters such as Floyd and Canewell, express their struggle with police and a system that constantly manipulates them with unjust arrests and unfair payment.
King. America learned at this time that there is a problem with excessive force being used in American policing (“5 Ways the Rodney King Beating and LA Riots Changed America”). After America saw the police drag Rodney out of his vehicle, put him on the ground face first, and beat on him excessively, many Americans felt that the police were using their power in wrong ways. Because of this, changes in the way police are hired and a focus on police relationships with the communities they serve happened. It also brought on many discussions of how juries are made up and where trials take place.
Racial bias in media affects everyone, whether it be directly or indirectly. Getting your information biased can bias your opinion, too. Even The Society Pages, who did a study on this, found that,”Biased reporting, in other words, changes the minds of viewers, literally” (Wade). If an average white person, who has little opinion about the colored race, sees a news report saying that four black men were arrested in a burglary investigation he probably would think much of it. If the pictures of those men were their mugshots after they had been dragged out of their homes, maybe even in the middle of the night, making them look menacing the white man might’ve thought that they were awful men.
Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow is a truly thought provoking book attempting to show the enduring issues of racial inequalities in our Criminal Justice system. Racial inequality in America is a huge and controversial topic, especially in reference to America’s system of Criminal justice. In “The New Jim Crow” Alexander focuses on the racial undertones of America’s “War on drugs”. Alexander uses the chapters of her book to take us on a journey through America’s racial history and argues that the federal drug policy unjustly targets black communities. Alexander begins her book by thoroughly giving us a synopsis of the role of African American’s in American History.