Monday, January 16, 2012

Our "colorblind" society

Here's a little more food for thought on MLK Day.

According to Ohio State University law professor Michelle Alexander, in her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, there are more African-Americans under the control of the criminal (in)justice system - whether in jail, prison, parole or probation - than were enslaved in 1850.

There are also more African-American men disenfranchised as the result of felony convictions than were disenfranchised in 1870.

Something has to change.

H/T Amy Goodman, Democracy Now!

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