Michelle Alexander: US Prisons and The New Jim Crow: Today in the era of colorblindness a new racial caste system has emerged

1901 picture of a ‘chain gang’ in Virginia. On so-called ‘independence day’ it is important to keep in mind what litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow (http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/what.htm), argued at an event at Demos February 18, 2010: that is that we have not ended racial caste in America, we have simply redesigned it. […]