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Invisible Men by Becky Pettit
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bookshelves: 2014, race-identity-culture, reviewed-books, audiobooks, gender-sex-sexuality

The book is a fascinating look at the element of incarceration among African Americans (particularly male) and how because of demographics gathering such as the census and polling work, has left a wide gap about the nature of racial progress over the last 60 years. The result is a stark difference in perception between what is reported to have occurred in terms of racial progress and how things really are. Pettit traces connects these changes to the rise of the prison industrial complex and its explosion since the 1970s and 1980s. The disproportionate amount of African Americans in prison has left them unaccounted in a variety of other data for different reasons and thus, hide the actual disparities. The result is political action and choices that do not necessarily make up for the continued problems created through historically institutional racism.

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Reading Progress

Started Reading
June 13, 2014 – Shelved
June 13, 2014 – Shelved as: 2014
June 13, 2014 – Finished Reading
January 14, 2017 – Shelved as: race-identity-culture
April 9, 2017 – Shelved as: reviewed-books
July 6, 2018 – Shelved as: audiobooks
August 12, 2018 – Shelved as: gender-sex-sexuality

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