Mass incarceration of African Americans equals racial control, author says
‘The moral equivalent of Jim Crow’
Because of the mass incarceration of African Americans, a Black child born today in America is less likely to live and grow up in a home with two parents than a Black child born during slavery.
And according to civil rights attorney Michelle Alexander, that is the shocking reality that has developed particularly since the so-called “war on drugs” began.
Alexander, who holds joint appointments at the Moritz College of Law and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, both at Ohio State University, relayed a number of startling facts that she uncovered while researching her book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” She spoke Friday before an audience of nearly 400 who turned out at an Urban Issues Breakfast Forum of Greater Los Angeles. The forum meets every month.