They always said that jail was a form of new age slavery for African Americans and a study today proves that theory.

Ohio State University law professor and civil rights activist Michelle Alexander recently released the book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” which reportedly claims that there are more African Americans incarcerated, on probation or parole than there were slaves before the start of the Civil War.

According to Alexander discussed the troubling statistic in front of an audience at the Pasadena Branch of the American Civil Liberties Union. “More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began,” she said. Alexander also argues that prisons have become the latest form of economic and social disenfranchisement for young people of color. To put it in perspective, the U.S. Bureau of Justice estimates that 846,000 black men alone were incarcerated in 2008 (according to NewsOne). While being only 13.2% of the general population, black men make up 40% of all prison inmates.

The reasoning behind the troubling number of African American males imprisoned has a great deal to do with one crime fighting measure that has been panned by critics of the justice system. “Most of that increase is due to the War on Drugs, a war waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color,” Alexander says.

You can pick up a copy of here book here.


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