Sunday, October 11, 2015

Book Review: The New Jim Crow

TITLE: The New Jim Crow-Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
AUTHOR: Michelle Alexander
CATEGORY: Non-Fiction
GENRE: Social Commentary/History/Racial Issues
PREMISE: Examination of many racial issues, but mostly focused on the mass incarceration of young black men.
MY REVIEW: When Ferguson happened (should probably be present tense as protesting is actually still going on. It's just not as violent so now no one cares), everyone looked for answers. In searching for those answers, many book lists were compiled. This book wound up on quite a few of those lists. When that happens, that tells me a non-fiction book is legit. So I made a mental note.
This is not light reading. If you're into the idea that racism is'll probably dislike it. Because this book will burst that bubble and do it proudly and with no apologies. As well it should. Some of the information in here I was aware of, due to, of all things, tumblr. Mock social media all you like, it has made people more aware of issues going on. This book provides history and context for the tidbits I've picked up. It's a very well organized book, the author is very straight-forward with the information.
This is not what I would call entertainment reading. It is not easy reading. I do think it should be read by everyone who feels the slightest interest in the subject.
MY RATING: Four and a half out of Five

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