“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Color-Blindness” is the most important book affecting Black America since Alex Haley wrote “Roots.” The American Prison Industrial Complex, which would make the Ku Klux Klan blush, is not just an issue for the People of Color being targeted as caged commodities, it is impacting all of us- police and prisons are steadily destroying our families and neighborhoods while bankrupting the taxpayers. America needs to acknowledge this.
Call on Oprah to invite Law Professor Michelle Alexander, author of “The New Jim Crow,” on to her show in its monumental waning episodes- and make this one of her Books of the Month. She has the power of “cross-over appeal,” as does this already successful new book written about in The New York Times and practically every space dealing with literature or social justice. America needs to know that there are more Black men in prison than there were slaves in 1850, and get a proper overview of the gulags across the nation, the twisted industry it serves, and that only a mass Movement can stop this.
Around the country, people are forming study groups about “The New Jim Crow.” Find out more atwww.newjimcrow.com
There is a growing acknowledgment that the time to stop the inhumanities of our American Prison Systems is now. For an excellent insight as to the horrid conditions, and the prisoners’ will to resist, read another new book: “An American Radical: Political Prisoner In My Own Country,” by Susan Rosenberg. Read more on her incredible book in my prior post.
As a member of the national Steering Committee of the Formerly Incarcerated & Convicted People’s Movement. I can tell you that (1) Tens of thousands of prisoners and their family members are watching Oprah every day; and (2) Michelle Alexander is one of the few academics who gets the story straight.
- Marian Wright Edelman: The New Jim Crow: Social Control, Social Death (huffingtonpost.com)