Blog: Du Bois “Legal Scholar Michelle Alexander on ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

In this present day there are more African-Americans under correctional control such as prisons, jails, probation or on parole. Afro-American are being targeted in society because of the actions of one deviant. This is forming a racial cast system, that is still present today. Which just a modified racial control function through the criminal justice system. With all this negativity towards African-Americans, they are categorized as economically unstable in comparison to higher  class “Caucasian” citizens.

Stop-and-frisk is a law incorporated for any suspicious actions, which gives police authority to stop you and check your personal belongings. In 2011, 685,724 New Yorkers were stopped by the police, a 603% increase since the program began in 2002. Out of the high volume of people 9/10 were innocent, and 87% were Black or Latino. Statistics have shown 1 in 3 young African American men will serve time in prison if current trends continue, in some cities more than half of all young adult black men are currently under correctional control.

In poorer communities, some African-Americans are attaining minor drug charges, where they are convicted as felons. This leads them to be legally discriminated in housing, jobs, access to education and public benefits. Being denied all these possible services, blacks are already at a disadvantage in life and won’t be able to economically sustain themselves


One response to “Blog: Du Bois “Legal Scholar Michelle Alexander on ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness”

  1. I agree with you, its very sad that Blacks and Hispanics have to go through so much to be able to succeed. This continues to happen because the African Americans and Hispanics that are able to get to the ‘top’ do not bother to help others to achieve the same. Therefore the cycle continues, discrimination does not stop because people from the same race are more racist than others.

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