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Legal scholar and civil rights advocate Michelle Alexander tackles how the criminal justice system uses drugs laws to advance a new era of Jim Crow laws. She argues that although Jim Crow laws have been use eliminated, the racial caste system it set up was not
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.
From her book “The New Jim Crow”