Sunday, February 06, 2011

Ken Nash & Mimi Rosenberg: "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" @ WBAI Radio

WBAI’s Radio Building Bridges: Your Community & Labor Report
Monday, February 7, 2011, 7-10 pm EST, over 99.5 FM
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Produced & Hosted by Mimi Rosenberg and Ken Nash

A Building Bridges Special

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

. Michelle Alexander, civil rights advocate and litigator, author
. Angela Davis, Professor, University of California, Santa Cruz. She
is a leading advocate in the movement to end the prison-industrial

Alexander offers a bold and innovative argument that mass incarceration
amounts to a devastating system of racial control. “Jarvious Cotton’s
great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave. His great-grandfather
was beaten to death by the Klu Klux Klan for attempting to vote. His
grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation; his father
was barred by poll taxes and literacy tests. Today, Cotton cannot vote
because he, like many black men in the United States, has been labeled
a felon and is currently on parole.” In her incisive critique, former litigator-
turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander argues that we have not ended
racial caste in America, we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows
that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the
U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial
control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness.
Angela Davis explores the range of social problems associated with
incarceration and the generalized criminalization of those communities
that are most affected by poverty and racial discrimination. She urges
us to think seriously about a world without prisons and to help forge a
21st century abolitionist movement.
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