The Question and Answer section for The New Jim Crow is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
A felony conviction would eliminate the convicts right to vote, the right to sit on a jury, the ability to apply for food stamps, federal aid, or unemployment, and the ability to apply for public housing for at least five years.
Alexander explains how she came to write this book. She was elated with Obama’s election and saw Jim Crow as something of the past. She did not see a new racial caste system, and when she started her job at the ACLU she recognized that there was...
Alexander’s main point is that the legal system and the prison system are the New Jim Crow and that our rhetoric of “colorblindness” disguises the reality of a new racial caste system.