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  • Published: 6 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141990675
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colourblindness




The phenomenal New York Times bestseller now published in the UK for the first time

Once in a great while a book comes along that radically changes our understanding of a crucial political issue and helps to fuel a social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Lawyer and activist Michelle Alexander offers a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status, denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights movement.

Challenging the notion that the election of Barack Obama signalled a new era of colourblindness in the United States, The New Jim Crow reveals how racial discrimination was not ended but merely redesigned. By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of colour, the American criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, relegating millions to a permanent second-class status even as it formally adheres to the principle of colourblindness.

A searing call to action for everyone concerned with social justice, The New Jim Crow is one of the most important books about race in the 21st century.

  • Published: 6 June 2019
  • ISBN: 9780141990675
  • Imprint: Penguin Press
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432
  • RRP: $22.99

Praise for The New Jim Crow

Devastating. . . Alexander does a fine job of truth-telling, pointing a finger where it rightly should be pointed: at all of us, liberal and conservative, white and black

Forbes

Invaluable . . . a timely and stunning guide to the labyrinth of propaganda, discrimination, and racist policies masquerading under other names that comprises what we call justice in America

Daily Kos

Struck the spark that would eventually light the fire of Black Lives Matter

Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times

One of the most influential books of the past twenty years

Chronicle of Higher Education

Transformed forever the way thinkers and activists view the phenomenon of mass incarceration

Slate

Like many white people, I've tried to deepen my understanding of systemic racism. Alexander's book offers an eye-opening look into how the criminal justice system unfairly targets communities of color, and especially Black communities. It's especially good at explaining the history and the numbers behind mass incarceration

Bill Gates

Undoubtedly the most important book published in this century about the U.S.

Birmingham News

It is in no small part thanks to Alexander's account that civil rights organizations such as Black Lives Matter have focused so much of their energy on the criminal justice system

Adam Shatz, London Review of Books

Alexander deserves to be compared to Du Bois in her ability to distill and lay out as mighty human drama a complex argument and history

New York Review of Books

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