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The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
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Read from September 29 to October 10, 2011

This book has the potential to shift your beliefs of the current justice system in the US, and i felt that it was written in such a way as to really make a point. Again, my biggest concern with books like this is that they are so far at the end of the spectrum in terms of bias, i felt myself saying repeatedly "ok, i get it. the war on drugs targets the black population," or "ok, i get it, mass incarceration is not just a situation of serving time behind bars and then you are done with your sentence."

for me, there were some interesting perspectives presented, supported by wonderful examples and evidence, however this author makes some statements that (without "seeing her work" in terms of citations, etc.), i couldn't help but pass off as opinion.
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message 1: by Dan (new) - rated it 5 stars

Dan Sirotkin And because of the War on Drugs lots of minorities are stopped and frisked by the police regardless of their guilt, and the black economic condition has been so adversely effected by the War on Drugs that many blacks in the innercities feel they have no choice but to get involved in the drug trade if they want to be able to provide:

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message 2: by Amy (last edited Jul 15, 2012 08:44PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Amy Kyle wrote: "And because of the War on Drugs lots of minorities are stopped and frisked by the police regardless of their guilt, and the black economic condition has been so adversely effected by the War on Dru..."


not to say that i dont agree with your sentiments here, but as an author, it may be inappropriate for you to comment on random book reviews to help promote your own work. this type of behavior certainly doesn't win your text brownie points, in my opinion.


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