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James Soyemi Historical Significance of Race in America (Section 5) Group Project 4/6 Prof. Stanford The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness Racism still exists today. Although many Civil Rights Organizations and famous advocates help gain some equal rights for minorities other techniques were used to maintain racism. In the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness , the author Michelle Alexander wrote about mass incarceration and the new caste system as a method republicans (White Americans) used to maintain modern Jim Crow Laws. What is mass incarceration? , mass incarceration is a new caste system thinly veiled by the cloak of colorblindness. This new system viewed African Americans as largely irrelevant and unnecessary to the newly structured economy. Due to factories being closed, many low-skilled jobs disappeared. This resulted in lower-class black men being hauled off to prison in droves, as a plan to build a new white, Republican majority in the south. Incarcerating African Americans for a long period of time was similar to the holocaust in Germany or ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. Many people believe the “Clinton Years” and the 1990s were good times for African Americans. Although, unemployment rates sank to a historically low level in the late 1990s for the general population, jobless rates among no college black men in their twenties rose to their highest level ever, propelled by skyrocketing incarceration rates. The new caste system had many effects on minorities, especially African Americans. It labeled black and brown men as criminals early often in their teens, making them “damaged goods” from the perspective of traditional Civil Rights advocates. Another major blow is that the incarcerated population is
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course MOSAIC 0852 taught by Professor Raymondhalnon during the Spring '09 term at Temple.

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