In “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander

In “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander

In “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander, it states “Crime rates do not explain the sudden and dramatic mass incarceration of African-Americans during the past thirty years… And the vast majority of that increase is due to the War on Drugs… This war has been waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color, Eventhough studies consistently show that people of all colors use and sell illegal drugs at remarkably similar rates” (1). This shows how the criminal justice system is unfairly biased against African Americans. Since most African Americans come from poor communities, the system targets the poor communities of color even though other communities like the white community use and sell drugs “at remarkably similar rates.” This all highlights the fact that the white community is seen as the superior race and oppress the African American community, with cruel and unjustly sentencing associated with drug crime because of their race. When African American men are in pursuit of the American Dream after they have finished their time in prison, they are continuously discriminated against their status. Thus, they aren’t able to get a decent job because they have to be labeled as felons on job applications. They don’t have access to welfare programs like food stamps and their right to vote has been stripped away from them. These obstacles prevents them from reaching the American Dream: success, social mobility, wealth, and happiness.


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