The New Jim Crow // Michelle Alexander.


Possibly one of the most difficult reads, not because of its dense jargon but because of its disheartening truth. Michelle Alexander is the epitome of a courageous scholar whose arms and legs and heart have not abandoned the mire of oppression and compassion. Who are the most marginalized in society? The incarcerated, or “the American untouchables.” The scene that most vividly comes to mind was when Brooks Hatlen hung himself after his long confinement in prison and brief ostracization in society with the words, “Brooks was here” as his wooden tombstone (cf. Shawshank’s Redemptions). “Where have all the black male and fathers gone?” They were and are here, but we as a society have overlooked them in this age of colorblindness. Lord, have mercy.


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