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Evening Book Group Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Evening Book Group
Event typeBook Group
WhereBeacon Hill Branch
Room LocationFriends of The Seattle Public Library Meeting Room
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us for a book group at the Beacon Hill Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander.
Book DescriptionThis work argues that the War on Drugs and policies that deny convicted felons equal access to employment, housing, education, and public benefits create a permanent under caste based largely on race.As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status - much like their grandparents before them. In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively 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. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community - and all of us - to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.
View in Catalog"The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander
NotesThis group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m.
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.
Contact InfoBeacon Hill Branch 206-684-4711 or Ask a Librarian
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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