He is an African American man who cannot vote due to his record as a felon; this makes him similar to his father and grandfather who also could not vote due to racial restrictions and threats of violence.
He is the first black president whose election led many to claim that the era of true colorblindness had arrived.
W.E.B. Du Bois
He was an influential nineteenth-century black writer known for The Souls of Black Folk and for differing with Booker T. Washington on the pace and methods by which blacks should pursue equality.
He was the president who signed the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act into law in the 1960s.
He was the man credited with Nixon's "Southern Strategy" to galvanize white discontent to win votes.
He was a black man convicted of rape and murder, and used in an ad by George HW Bush to stoke racial fears.
He was a black man searched on an interstate bus and subsequently arrested for having drugs on his person. His claim of Fourth Amendment violation became Terence v. Bostick, which sided with law enforcement.
He was a black man sentenced to death in Georgia for killing a white police officer during an armed robbery. His case was McCleskey v. Kemp, which, although a famous study revealed the racial disparities in sentencing, effectively closed the doors to racial bias in sentencing cases in the future.
He was a young black man with no priors who was caught with a small amount of cocaine and sentenced extremely harshly.
The famous nineteenth-century writer and abolitionist, Douglass was also a former slave who spoke passionately about the injustices of slavery. Alexander uses his phrase "cruel hand" to describe the unfair ways blacks were and are treated.
Claudette Colvin and Mary Louise Smith
These two black women, like Rosa Parks, defied segregation laws, but were rejected by civil rights advocates as symbols because their backgrounds were not as "moral."
A black writer and intellectual, Baldwin wrote Go Tell it on the Mountain and The Fire Next Time.
The New Jim Crow Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for The New Jim Crow is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The author assumes that anyone who has served time will never be able to fit into or be accepted in main stream America and states the many reasons. He lists obstacles, a lack of opportunities, and the revolving door back to prison, as the reason...
This would be interpreted to mean a negative or adverse reaction. In context, the word is used to describe the reaction to African American gains after Reconstruction by whites, who reacted with outrage and panic.