There has been an all-time low reached in this country just as everyone is thinking how things could get worse for the have-nots. Its seems that there are more African American men in prison, jail, or on probation that were enslaved in 1850. The number of people that are in the system is in a shock, but the fact that we are witnessing what could be essential called another people of “slavery” for black people in the country is shocking to say the least.
Take a read to this article from LA Progressive and watch the video of Professor Michelle Alexander talking about her newest book “The New Jim Crow” and the prison system’s effect of the black community as a whole.
Via LA Progressive
“More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began,” Michelle Alexander told a standing room only house at the Pasadena Main Library this past Wednesday, the first of many jarring points she made in a riveting presentation.
Alexander, currently a law professor at Ohio State, had been brought in to discuss her year-old bestseller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Interest ran so high beforehand that the organizers had to move the event to a location that could accommodate the eager attendees. That evening, more than 200 people braved the pouring rain and inevitable traffic jams to crowd into the library’s main room, with dozens more shuffled into an overflow room, and even more latecomers turned away altogether. Alexander and her topic had struck a nerve.
Growing crime rates over the past 30 years don’t explain the skyrocketing numbers of black — and increasingly brown — men caught in America’s prison system, according to Alexander, who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Harry Blackmun after attending Stanford Law. “In fact, crime rates have fluctuated over the years and are now at historical lows.”