One hand smashes the other…

Saw another “Calvin at the cross” coming out of Walmart and launched into a tirade. Sorry kids.

After reading The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, I don’t think I can watch Bait Car anymore in good conscience. It has made me see things in a new light. Or rather, a new darkness.

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4 thoughts on “One hand smashes the other…

  1. rhijulbec says:

    I have vertigo and cannot read a book to save my life, but a synopsis of the book would be appreciated. I try to read, but find I have to go over and over the same lines time after time and…well its frustrating and a piss off to be honest. Hubby reads and tells me about the book. Perhaps just this once you would write a bit about this book you read? I’ll try to find a way to email you so you can respond to my email if you wouldn’t mind.

  2. I will sum up right here in a few hours!

  3. rhijulbec says:

    Why thank you kind Sir!

  4. As the United States celebrates the nation’s “triumph over race” with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status–much like their grandparents before them.
    In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community–and all of us–to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.

    —I found the chapter dealing with the court system most chilling. There’s profiling going on, and there’s a new servant class. They’re prisoners of the drug war.

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