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The New Jim Crow

Cory Booker, Rand Paul Shine Light on Shadow Side of U.S. Justice System

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 07.11.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

As prophets did in the days of abolition, the anti-lynching movement, and the Civil Rights movement, modern-day leaders, like Michelle Alexander, have traversed the country shining light on the myth of equal justice in our justice system. And on Tuesday, the unlikely duo of Sens. Cory Booker and Rand Paul joined together to address this myth by introducing the REDEEM Act.

Matthew Cooke and Adrian Grenier: Putting People in Jail Is Not the Solution

Matthew Cooke | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Matthew Cooke

Despite the facts, we're a prison-crazed society. The solution to all our problems ... put them in jail! Yet we forget what a horrible act of torture a prison is. Even for a day.

I Am My Brother's Keeper

Rev. Al Sharpton | Posted 06.02.2014 | Politics
Rev. Al Sharpton

Today, as the father of two young women, I can tell you firsthand that while I continue to push for a society that doesn't disenfranchise them, I cannot ignore the reality that our young black men are facing unique and jarring challenges.

The Criminality of Blackness

Lisa Sharon Harper | Posted 05.25.2014 | Religion
Lisa Sharon Harper

I could see clearly: These strong, playful, intelligent and hilarious men would have to go back out into the world and play the roles they had adopted... to be seen, but not seen... to be safe in a world that fears them.

Drug Abuse and Our Biased Compassion

Myisha Cherry | Posted 04.12.2014 | Black Voices
Myisha Cherry

Decriminalization is wearing a White middle-class face while the war on drugs targets the poor, Black, and Latino communities. This is the privilege that white and middle class individuals have in relationship to drugs.

A Letter to Malcolm in Prison on the Death of Mandella

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

Malcolm, we know that South Africa continues to face its own struggles and that the United States is not a post-racial society, not when with "The New Jim Crow" such a large percentage of black men are incarcerated.

Seeking Redemption: Private Prisons, Gov. Jerry Brown and All of Us

Pastor Michael McBride | Posted 11.27.2013 | Religion
Pastor Michael McBride

As we consider how and when to allow hundreds of thousands of incarcerated individuals in this state to return home, we must ask ourselves whether we want to resemble the son or the father in this parable.

The Sinful Irony of the Prison Industrial Complex

David A. Davis | Posted 11.25.2013 | Religion
David A. Davis

While so many work for and preach about and campaign on ending the cycle of repeated incarceration, essential programs for rehabilitation and job preparation and learning have been systematically, intentionally, exponentially eliminated.

Calling Justice-Loving South Asians to Dismantle the Drug War, Free People and Plants, and Foster Health and Development for Millions

Sunil Kumar Aggarwal | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Sunil Kumar Aggarwal

A private-prisons-backed, corporatist-police state-driven, racially-skewed "new Jim Crow" era of mass incarceration currently reigns in the U.S. The ...

Contemporary Racial Inequity: A Statement of Faith

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

It is time that our communities of faith formed partnerships to do the work of affirming and promoting our first and fifth principles -- our understanding of the inherent worth and dignity of every person and our commitment to the democratic process in our society.

The New Jim Crow: A Must-Read for Every American

Steve Mariotti | Posted 09.29.2013 | Books
Steve Mariotti

With courage and skill, Michelle Alexander lays out the horrors of the harshly punitive drug war laws. I hope that we can add entrepreneurship education and drug decriminalization to the national debate her book is sure to stir.

Jim Crow Impacts Juries in Florida, Denying Justice for Trayvon Martin

Desmond Meade | Posted 09.16.2013 | Black Voices
Desmond Meade

That disfranchisement and marginalization of returning citizens, who are stripped of their right to vote and right to serve on a jury, was involved in the verdict should outrage every Floridian and every American.

Who You Know > What You Know

Randy Miller | Posted 09.09.2013 | College
Randy Miller

Whether our children understand it or not, they each take part in a process that actually classifies individuals in various categories at an early age: categories such as leaders, thinkers, workers, deviants and entertainers. This is what we all affectionately refer to as K-12 education in America.

Opening the Cradle to Prison Pipeline -- The Newest Jim Crow

Steve Nelson | Posted 06.12.2013 | Politics
Steve Nelson

The most recent education news provides alarming indications that the "pipeline" from early childhood neglect to young adult incarceration is disappearing. I don't suggest that the problem is going away. Quite to the contrary.

The Mis-Education of the Negro Pastors Urging Congregants Not to Vote

Reverend Charles E. Williams II | Posted 12.20.2012 | Black Voices
Reverend Charles E. Williams II

The fact is neither party truly cares about Christian morality, certainly not based on Old Testament scriptures. What seems instead to be driving both is power and control. Republicans care about power and control for the wealthy, while Democrats care about power and control for the not-so-wealthy.

Community in the Crosshairs

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.02.2012 | Politics
Robert Koehler

The recent, ongoing community uproar in Anaheim, CA over two police slayings of Latino males in one weekend -- and the subsequent police reaction to that outrage -- illustrates the terrifying ineffectiveness of a militarized approach to conflict.

Ending the Cradle to Prison PipelineTM and Mass Incarceration -- the New American Jim Crow

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 09.05.2012 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

A black boy born in 2001 has a one in three chance of going to prison in his lifetime and a Latino boy a one in six chance of the same fate. The U.S. has the highest incarceration rate in the world: 7.1 million adult residents -- one in 33 -- are under some form of correctional supervision including prison, jail, probation, or parole. Michelle Alexander writes in her bestselling book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness that there are more adult African Americans under correctional control today than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. In 2011, our state and federal prison population exceeded that of the top 35 European nations combined. Something's very wrong with this picture.

Today's Other 'Jim Crow'

Van Gosse | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
Van Gosse

In some ways, current politics mimic the reaction against democracy at the twentieth century's turn, when Jim Crow segregation entrenched itself in the southern states.

Institutionalized Racism and the War on Drugs

Joshua Shulman | Posted 05.16.2012 | Politics
Joshua Shulman

Is our Criminal Justice system really just a way to keep large numbers of African-Americans out of mainstream society, like we did under Jim Crow?

How The National Urban League Missed The Mark With It's State Of Black America Report

Leigh Owens | Posted 05.09.2012 | Black Voices
Leigh Owens

This week the National Urban League released it's 2012 State of Black America Report and with it hosted a forum at Howard University to discuss the findings.

WATCH: MSNBC Host On 'Abomination' That's Not Being Discussed In Campaign

The Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 02.05.2012 | Media

MSNBC's Chris Hayes used his Saturday show to discuss what he called the "abomination" that was not being addressed in the 2012 campaign: the American...

'Felon' Is The New N-Word

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 02.11.2012 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow" challenges us to confront the shame of our criminal justice system in the pursuit of real justice.

Living Integration With Newsboys Lead Singer Michael Tait

Christine A. Scheller | Posted 10.09.2011 | Religion
Christine A. Scheller

"I want people to see that the beauty of the human race is found in the diversity of the human race. We are God's bouquet."

Michelle Alexander And Dr. Vincent Harding Visit Manual High School

Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

"How many of you know someone who has been killed in gang violence?" Denver teacher and self-awareness coach Ra Maat asks an auditorium half-filled wi...

Ladies and Gentlemen: The U.S. (in)Justice System

Mikhail Lyubansky | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mikhail Lyubansky

I've been reading, talking, and thinking a lot about justice lately. And the deeper I get into it, the more evident it is that our justice system i...