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Michelle Alexander Media Hits

The following is a list of selected media coverage for Michelle Alexander. The links below will direct you to sites that are not affiliated with the Moritz College of Law. They are subject to change, and some may expire or require registration as time passes.

 

‘The New Jim Crow’ Author Michelle Alexander on the Crisis Facing Milwaukee’s Black Men

October 1, 2014

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured in a Express Milwaukee article on a presentation she gave to 2,000 people in Wisconsin.

“There is nowhere, nowhere in the entire world where the crisis for black men in the criminal justice system is more acute” than in Milwaukee, Alexander said.



Second chances? Not for black men with criminal records

October 1, 2014

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in an opinion piece that appeared in the Journal Sentinel after she spoke to a crowd at Milwaukee Area Technical College during a panel discussion on the unintended and intended consequences of mass incarceration of black men in America.



Opinion: Address mass incarceration, save black communities

August 1, 2014

Professor Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, is discussed in this NJ.com article.

"(Alexander) argues, with considerable evidence, that mass incarceration — the U.S. confines 25 percent of the world’s prisoners, though it has only five percent of the world’s population — is, indeed, an effort to prevent black men from full participation in American society, as was Jim Crow a century ago."



Philly Fight Holds 12th Annual Prison Health Care Summit

June 9, 2014

Professor Michelle Alexander’s expertise as a civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar was mentioned in an article on EDGE about the Philadelphia FIGHT event, "Beyond the Walls: The 12th Annual Prison Health and Reentry Summit," which looked at ways to tackle the problem of incarceration and return to the community. Professor Alexander was the keynote speaker at the event, which was held during the city’s 20th Annual AIDS Education Month.



Criminal inequality and criminal justice: Current system in need of reform

November 4, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander's speech at the Access to Equal Justice Conference at the Washington University School of Law was referenced heavily in a staff editorial by Student Life, Washington University's student newspaper. In the piece, the staff agrees with Alexander that the current prison system is not effective and in need of major reform. According to the article, part of the problem is America's school system.

"According to Alexander and other scholars, the increasingly prison-like atmosphere of many schools—which includes underfunding, policing of hallways and overreliance on suspension and expulsion—introduces young people to a criminal justice system that prioritizes punishment over rehabilitation," the article reads.



‘The new Jim Crow’: Michelle Alexander explains how our prison system condemns many African Americans to second-class status

October 22, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander spoke at an event at Washington University in St. Louis on Nov. 1. She focused primarily on her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, which argues that people of color are sent to jail more often and for longer periods of time than white people, despite statistics that show African Americans do not use or sell drugs at a higher rate.



Two Powerful Signals of a Major Shift on Crime

August 12, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was interviewed by The New York Times for a story on two decisions made by a federal judge in New York and by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. The judge found that stop-and-frisk practices in New York were unconstitutional racial profiling while Holder said that federal prosecutors would no longer invoke the sentencing laws.

Alexander, who wrote the 2010 book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," said the two decisions gave her a sense of “cautious optimism.”

“For those of us who have become increasingly alarmed over the years at the millions of lives that have been wasted due to the drug war and the types of police tactics that have been deployed in the get-tough-on-crime movement, today’s announcements give us fresh hope that there is, in fact, a growing public consensus that the path that we, the nation, have been on for the past 40 years has been deeply misguided and has caused far more harm and suffering than it has prevented,” she said.



Dice Raw Bases "Jimmy's Back" LP On "The New Jim Crow" Book

August 4, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in an article on hip-hop site DX regarding her book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." The Roots affiliate Dice Raw is basing his upcoming album off her book, which covers several topics, such as the mass incarceration of Americans, especially African-Americans, the war on drugs, social consequences of various policies for “people of color” and how the labeling of people as felons traps them into a “second-class” life that is difficult to escape from.



‘Democracy Now’ Interviews On Trayvon Martin Murder: Juror ‘Maddy,’ Michelle Alexander, Cornel West; Sanford, Fla. Protest

July 26, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted by Voice of Detroit following an interview she did with Democracy Now. The story focuses on Trayvon Martin's murder and the case against George Zimmerman that followed. Alexander said biases deeply rooted into American society and its criminal justice system are responsible in part for Martin's death and Zimmerman's acquittal.

“The [Zimmerman mindset] that views black men and boys as a perpetual problem to be dealt with has infected our criminal justice system, infected our schools, has infected our politics in ways that have had disastrous consequences, birthing a prison system unprecedented in world history, and stripping millions of people of basic civil and human rights once they have been branded criminals and felons," Alexander said. "It’s this mindset that some of us, defined largely by race and class, are unworthy of our basic care and concern and can be dealt with harshly, written off with impunity.”



Michelle Alexander: "Zimmerman Mindset" Endangers Young Black Lives with Poverty, Prison & Murder

July 17, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured on independent news hour Democracy Now, speaking on racism in the George Zimmerman trial. She said she believes Trayvon Martin's murder could have been avoided had he been born white, because Zimmerman would not have "stalked" him. She said the mindset that black males are all dangerous or up to no good is a dangerous one.

"I think it’s critically important that we not allow ourselves to get bogged down in the details of who said what when, but rather step back and consider what this Zimmerman mindset, a mindset that views a boy walking in his neighborhood carrying nothing but Skittles and iced tea as a threat, this mindset that views black men and boys as a perpetual problem to be dealt with," Alexander said. "This mindset has infected our criminal justice system, has infected our schools, has infected our politics, in ways that have had disastrous consequences, birthing a prison system unprecedented in world history and stripping millions of basic civil, human — millions of people of basic civil and human rights once they’ve been branded criminals and felons."



Trayvon Martin’s Unpunished Shooting Death Among 100+ Extrajudicial Killings of Unarmed Blacks

July 17, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured on independent news hour Democracy Now about the mindset she says is responsible for the death or imprisonment of a mass number of black men. She said ending this mindset is crucial and will take commitment to acting as advocates for these men.

"Well, just that I think it’s critically important that we think beyond traditional forms of politics," Alexander said. "If we are serious about building a movement that will end the Zimmerman mindset, that will end mass incarceration and break our nation’s habit of treating black and brown men as disposable, it is going to take organizing, it’s going to take civil disobedience, it’s going to take a commitment to movement building far beyond the forms of traditional advocacy that have been so prevalent in recent decades."



Rallies against Zimmerman acquittal held across US

July 15, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted by World Bulletin about racism in the trial of George Zimmerman. Alexander discussed the toxic mindset that harms the safety of innocent black men and boys. She said it is important for people to break away from the idea that black men and boys are consistently "up to no good."

"It is the Zimmerman mindset that must be found guilty – far more than the man himself," Alexander said. "It is a mindset that views black men and boys as nothing but a threat, good for nothing, up to no good no matter who they are or what they are doing. It is the Zimmerman mindset that has birthed a penal system unprecedented in world history, and relegated millions to a permanent undercaste."



The Truth About Trayvon

July 15, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in The New York Times in an op-ed about the Trayvon Martin verdict. Alexander wrote a book titled "The New Jim Crow" about the injustice of a significantly higher amount of black men being imprisoned than anyone else.

The author writes, "And even the most casual observer recognizes the painful racial disparities in our prison population — the new Jim Crow, in the account of the legal scholar Michelle Alexander. Our prisons are full of young, black men for whom guilty beyond a reasonable doubt was easy enough to reach."



Professor calls war on drugs ‘abomination’

July 9, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander's book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" was cited by a Frost Illustrated article. The article focuses on andré douglas pond cummings (sic), professor of law and associate dean of the Indiana Tech Law School in Fort Wayne, who says the unbalance of incarceration rates between whites and blacks for drug crimes is not because one group is more inclined to do drugs, but because of a misguided drug war focusing on low-income minorities.

He cites Alexander's book, which focuses on the same topic, by saying, "The point I’m trying to make here, that Michelle Alexander makes in her book, is that we decided to wage the war in a specific way — in minority communities, not frat houses at colleges; not suburban, not suburbia. We decided to wage this war in poor communities, to incarcerate massively African American and Latino citizens."



Mass incarceration’s tragic success

June 27, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in a Washington Post opinion piece which addressed the issue of a dramatic upsurge in the number of prisoners in the United States from 1979 to 2013. The author writes that "the social side effects of get-tough policies are coming under increasing scrutiny."

He says Alexander presses the case against a criminal justice system that sweeps up large numbers of young African Americans, sometimes for relatively minor drug offenses, places them in dangerous and dysfunctional institutions and then, upon release, denies them basic democratic rights. “Today,” Alexander said, “there are more African Americans under correctional control — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850.”



Johnson: Disenfranchising felons hits minorities hardest

June 15, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in an Athens Banner-Herald article from her book "The New Jim Crow." The article focuses on the disenfranchisement of felons in states like Virginia, where more than seven percent of the adult population cannot vote due to felony charges. In Virginia, Gov. Robert McDonnell is taking steps to restore the right to vote to nonviolent felons.

Alexander's book calls on the idea that disenfranchising felons affects minorities most. She calls voting-rights restoration processes a “bureaucratic maze” that is “cumbersome, confusing and onerous.”



Constitution USA with Peter Sagal: Created Equal

May 21, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured as a guest on Peter Sagal's Constitution USA in a segment titled "Created Equal." The segment focuses on the 14th Amendment and whether certain groups of people are being denied rights guaranteed under that amendment. Alexander argues that citizens with criminal records are treated unfairly, as they are unable in some cases to find employment, housing, and even to secure food stamps when needed.

Alexander said by denying criminals and felons their fundamental rights, a new second-class status is being created.

"In the United States today if you have been labeled a criminal or a felon you are deemed ineligible for many of the basic civil and human rights that were supposedly won in the civil rights movement and that so many of us take for granted," she said. "If we're going to be of, by, and for the people it should include each and every one of us."



CoAS hosts ‘New Jim Crow’ author

May 10, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in an article in The Triangle, the student newspaper at Drexel University, about her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Her book focuses on the targeting of black men during and following the war on drugs.

“I’m now interested in supporting people who are engaging in activism and organizing in their community. I’m praying that people will continue to do community organizing and advocacy in ending the drug war and abolishing all these forms of racial discrimination on these people who just got out of prison. … It’s possible. It just requires people in all of these communities saying, ‘We no longer want to send people to jail for minor drug offenses. We want to have rehabilitation. We want a public-health approach, not a cruel justice approach,’” Alexander said.



College still worth it

May 10, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in a Toledo Blade editorial about whether attending college is still worth it. The editorial brings up the point that college is a worthy alternative to ending up imprisoned or unemployed.

Alexander compared the amount of black men who currently are or have been imprisoned to the number of the same demographic enslaved before the Civil War.

“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.



End mass incarceration; the time is now

April 29, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Era of Colorblindness, was cited in a column on OpEdNews.com



Michelle Alexander: 'The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness'

April 23, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander appeared on Minnesota Public Radio to speak about her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Era of Colorblindness.



What We Think: End War on Drugs

April 11, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander's book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," was cited in an op-ed by the Southern Florida Times regarding the role race plays in the "war on drugs."



‘Critical Conversations’ examines the role race plays in incarceration

March 23, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander's speech was quoted in an article in The Advocate recapping a lecture she recently gave at Louisiana State University. "The mass incarceration of colored poor people is the most pressing social issue of our time,” she said. “Today, we have a new regime of racial and social control.”



Documentary Explores Controversial Arrest of Black Scholar

March 22, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander's involvement in a documentary about the controversial arrest of a black scholar was cited in an article in the Newark Patch.



University hosts State of the State Conference

March 22, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in an article in The BG News recapping the State of the State Conference she attended at Bowling Green University. "“There are more African American adults in prison or jail, on probation or parole, than were enslaved in 1850,” she said.



Michelle Alexander speaks on racially disproportionate U.S. prison system

March 14, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in an article in The Daily Reveille about a lecture she gave at Louisiana State University. "There is no denying that we’ve created a vast new system of racial and social control that was not imagined when Dr. King was assassinated,” Alexander said.



Ohio State University Law Professor Stirs Up Controversy About Police Honesty

March 11, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was cited in a 10TV.com news article regarding her opinion published in the New York Times regarding police officers who lie. "Alexander said told 10 Investigates via phone that she “appreciates the great work and sacrifice of many police officers,” but that justice needs to be aware that some officers are dishonest," wrote 10TV.



Black Male Incarceration Adds to Social Woes Predicted in Moynihan Report

February 24, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in an article by Diverse Education regarding the mass incarceration of black men and how it is affecting society as a whole. "In the years since the Moynihan Report, we’ve made a profound choice. Rather than good schools, we have built high-tech prisons. Rather than create good jobs and invest in the communities that need it most, we have embarked upon an unprecedented race to incarcerate that has left millions of Americans locked up and locked out,” she said.



Author to speak at UT on the 'new Jim Crow'

January 18, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander was the topic of a Knoxville News Sentinel article announcing she was slated to speak at the University of Tennessee about her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.



Vanderbilt to celebrate MLK Day with service activities, keynote address

January 15, 2013

Professor Michelle Alexander will deliver the keynote address at Vanderbilt University's annual event commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.



U.S. prison system 'moral equivalent of Jim Crow,' author tells Detroit audience

December 9, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in an article on Michigan Live about her speech on her opinion about the current U.S. prison system.



Detroit audience hears of new racial caste system

December 7, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in an article in the Toledo Blade regarding her recent visit to Detroit, MI to speak about the current U.S. prison system. “In many large cities, including Detroit, the majority of working age African-American men now have criminal records and are thus subject to legalized discrimination for the rest of their lives,” she said.



Jim Crow's drug war

November 28, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander's new book The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, was cited in a column by Larry Gabriel in the MetroTimes.



Erica Bryant: Sentences for non-violent crimes too harsh in U.S.

November 10, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness was cited in an opinion piece by Erica Bryant in Democrat and Chronicle about the sentencing laws for non-violent crimes in the United States. "As Alexander points out, the severity of sentences handed down in the United States has little connection to the morality of the crime. 'If the worst thing you have ever done is speed 10 miles over the speed limit on the freeway, you have put yourself and others at more risk of harm than someone smoking marijuana in the privacy of his or her living room,' she writes."



Author talks to crowd at John Hay High School about mass incarceration in United States

October 26, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in an article in The Plain Dealer regarding her speech at John Hay High School about mass incarceration and racial discrimination in the legal system. "The war on drugs has relatively little to with genuine concern about drug addiction or drug abuse, and merely everything to do with politics, racial politics," Alexander said.



Zimmerman: Defeating disadvantage requires more than focus on race

October 25, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in an article in The Pitt News about minorities and college admission rates. According to Michelle Alexander, an author and Ohio State law professor, “More African-American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began.”



Q&A | Harry Belafonte: Fire in his eyes still burning

October 25, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was given the opportunity by the Columbus Dispatch to sit down for a Q&A with Harry Belafonte about his role as an activist and entertainer.



Falkenberg: Is justice system in U.S. truly colorblind?

October 2, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, was the topic of Houston Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg's opinion editorial. "It should be required reading for anyone who makes criminal justice policy, or enforces it, or cares about it, in this state," Falkenberg wrote.



Rev. Matthew J. Watts: Worse than Jim Crow

September 20, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was and her book, The New Jim Crow, were the topic of an oped by Rev. Matthew J. Watts in the Charleston Gazette.



Jim Crow 2012 - Is the war on drugs really a war on minorities?

September 13, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, was reviewed in the Sacramento Bee.  



Drug Sentencing Laws: States Work Towards Reform

August 28, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured in a Huffington Post article about state prison reforms for drug related crimes. The article cited Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarnation in the Age of Colorblindness.



Pursuing justice for all of our kids

July 23, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in The Cininnati Enquirer in an article about her speaking engagement at the Children’s Defense Fund’s four-day event at Duke Energy Convention Center in Cininnati.



The Reality of the NYPD Patrol Guide Changes for Trans* and Gender Nonconforming People

July 6, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was referenced in an article by the Huffington Post about the New York Police Department following new guidelines in its patrol guide which prohibit discrimination or harassment based on perceived gender.

The article provided in comparision to the number of transgender people who go to prison, “Here in the United States, Ohio State law professor, Michelle Alexander says, ‘More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began.’”

 



What we think: Obama’s next challenge: End the ‘drug war’

June 21, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was referenced by South Florida Times for her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The article focused on President Barack Obama owing attention to America’s drug war, something which the book centers on.



News Alert: Does Illinois’ New Anti-Gang Law Unfairly Target Blacks And Latinos?

June 21, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness was referenced in a News One article about an Illinois anti-gang law possibly favoring the incarceration of black people more than whites. Frank E. Watkins, press secretary for U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., said he disagrees with the law since reading the book.



Can America Reduce its Prison Population?

June 20, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness was referenced in an article by The Crime Report. The article analyzed whether the United State could, in fact, downsize its prison population.



The new Jim Crow?

June 18, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow was referenced in a Baltimore Sun article about the NAACP and Maryland American Civil Liberties Union requesting the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to examine the difference in convictions of African American and Hispanic men compared to white men.

“Rather than rely on race, we use our criminal justice system to label people of color 'criminals' and then engage in all the practices we supposedly left behind. Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African-Americans. Once you're labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination — employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service — are suddenly legal," Alexander was quoted.



Marijuana Should Be Decriminalized

June 7, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in a Time article about New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s stance for decriminalizing marijuana. Alexander said she supported decriminalizing the drug as well.

“I find it encouraging that Cuomo acknowledged the racial dimensions of these marijuana arrests and the lifelong consequences of acquiring a criminal record. Once you are branded a criminal, even for marijuana possession, that record follows you for life,” Alexander said. “It’s encouraging that Cuomo acknowledges how people of color have been subject to discriminatory enforcement, and a criminal record can relegate you to permanent second-class status. What I’d like to see is Cuomo go even further and call for the expungement of records for those who’ve been criminally charged with marijuana possession to ensure those who were ensnared before this likely policy change aren’t branded for life.”



America's High Incarceration Rate Puts Justice at Risk

June 1, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was referenced in a US Politics Today article for her book The New Jim Crow.

The article, which was about the United States having one of the highest incarceration rates in the world, noted from the book “there were more African-American men under correctional control than were enslaved in the decade before the Civil War. More African-American men have lost their right to vote because of felony convictions than were prohibited from voting before the Constitution was amended to stop states from discriminating based on race.”

The article also ran on Digital Journal.



Jim Crow, Old Crow, Al Capone, and Richard Nixon

May 14, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness was referred to on MedPage Today.

The article, which examined the “War on Drugs” declared by President Richard Nixon, noted Alexander argues in her book that the drug war is the new Jim Crow.



Summit Seeks Changes In Prison System

May 4, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted by WLWT News 5 for her speech at The United By Faith Summit.

"So many of the old forms of discrimination that we supposedly left behind during the Jim Crow era once you've been labeled a felon," Alexander said. "We need to end the war on drugs."



 



End Racial Profiling Act: A Smarter Policy

May 3, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness was referenced in an article by the Huffington Post for her highlighting that white Americans use and sell drugs but law enforcement is most suspicious of black and Latino males, who also are apprehended more than white males.



Put To Death For Being Black: New Hope Against Judicial System Bias

May 3, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was referred to in a Time article.

The article, which was about racial bias used in administering the death penalty, noted Alexander equated the 1987 McClesky v Kemp case to Plessy v Ferguson.



(Video) The U.S. Justice System, class and shades of color: the new Jim Crow?

April 26, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander appeared on All Voices’ Democracy Now! for her expertise on race relations and authoring The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in The Age of Color Blindness.

“I think we’ve become blind in this country to the ways in which we’ve managed to reinvent a caste-like system here in the United States,” Alexander said.



States Selling Prisons -- Including Inmates -- to Private Industry

April 19, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in a column by OpposingViews.com on states selling their prisons.

"This is just the latest episode in the decades-long takeover of the prison industry by private interests. Reagan's 'tough on crime' policies, as Michelle Alexander has written, caused spiraling incarceration rates, which in turn spawned a cottage industry of prison management companies looking to make a buck off the influx of inmates. CCA, for instance, has watched revenues grow by 500% in the past two decades," the article reads.



How Can Overcharging Be Ethical?

April 16, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted from her book The New Jim Crow in a column on Reason.com discussing the charges filed against George Zimmerman by the prosecutor in the Trayvon Martin case.

The author argues that the prosecutor is overcharging Zimmerman without the threat of being sued. He uses Alexander's quote as evidence.

"Alexander also observes that a prosecutor 'is free to dismiss a case for any reason or no reason at all.' This wide discretion, she writes, makes the prosecutor 'the most powerful law enforcement official in the criminal justice system.'"



Devaluing boys’ lives

April 13, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow, was quoted in a column in The Washington Post in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing. According to the column and Alexander, "of the nearly 700,000 'stop and frisks' conducted by police in New York last year, 87 percent of the people stopped were black or Hispanic. Yet only about 12 percent of the stops led to arrests or summonses."

"High rates of arrest, incarceration and unexplained stops by police," Alexander said, "send the message to young black men that no matter who you are, what you do, whether you play by the rules or not, you’re going to be viewed and treated like a criminal, and you’re likely to wind up in jail one way or another.”



'Stop locking up young black men'

March 30, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted by the BDA Sun in an article previewing her visit as a keynote speaker at a weekend conference organized by Citizens Uprooting Racism in Bermuda. The article said Alexander would discuss the relationship between the drug war in the United States and its effect on the justice system.

“What I want to share with people in Bermuda is the importance of not following the U.S. example and having a much more caring, constructive and compassionate way of dealing with people, rather than locking them up and throwing away the key,” Alexander said.



Partners in the Freedom Struggle

March 23, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness was referenced in an article on Counter Punch regarding why nonviolent activists should follow John Brown.



Incarceration in America: Barriers to Re-entry

March 22, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander talked on The Take Away about incarceration in America, specifically about what happens to inmates after their release from prison.



Trayvon Martin and the Myth of the ‘Criminalblackman’

March 22, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness was referenced in an article on Urban Life. The writer, a college professor, cited 22 statistics from the book he presenting to his class.

“White young people have three times the number of drug-related emergency room visits as do black youth,” was one of the statistics.

 



How Criminal Defendants Could Crash and Reform the System: Band Together and Refuse Plea Bargains

March 12, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was referred to in an American Bar Association Journal article for her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

In the article, which touched on former crack addict Susan Burton’s suggestion to accept plea bargains, it noted Alexander wrote, “The system of mass incarceration depends almost entirely on the cooperation of those it seeks to control … If everyone charged with crimes suddenly exercised his constitutional rights, there would not be enough judges, lawyers or prison cells to deal with the ensuing tsunami of litigation.”



Akst: Government should get off pot's back

March 11, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was referred to in a Newsday article for her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

The article was about legalizing marijuana and it provided Alexander said in a 2010 speech, “(Drug convictions) accounted for about two-thirds of the increase in the federal system, and more than half of the increase in the state prisons, between 1985 and 2000."



Go to Trial: Crash the Justice System

March 10, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander penned an opinion piece for The New York Times about what would happen if those charged with crimes did not accept plea deals and went to trial.

"After years as a civil rights lawyer, I rarely find myself speechless. But some questions a woman I know posed during a phone conversation one recent evening gave me pause: 'What would happen if we organized thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of people charged with crimes to refuse to play the game, to refuse to plea out? What if they all insisted on their Sixth Amendment right to trial? Couldn’t we bring the whole system to a halt just like that?' "



College professor makes case for end to drug war

March 8, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in a South Florida Times article fixed on her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

“To a very large extent, it has not been a war on drugs — the substance — but a war on people defined by race and class,” Alexander told the newspaper. “We’re seeing families torn apart by mass incarceration and hopelessness and despair; lives are being destroyed and kids are growing up not knowing their parents.”



Michelle Alexander Challenges Drug Policy’s Racial Undertones

March 7, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in a NewsOne article for her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

“Alexander’s book has created a necessary debate on how drug law enforcement has allegedly targeted Blacks and Hispanics, forcing the greater public to consider why these groups continue to swell in prisons across the nation,” the article noted.



Law Prof’s Popular Book Argues Drug War Is a System of Racial Control

March 7, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was referenced in an American Bar Association Journal article which centered on her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.



Drug Policy as Race Policy: Best Seller Galvanizes the Debate

March 6, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was the focus of a New York Times article about her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the age of Colorblindness.

“For many African-Americans, the book — which has spent six weeks on the New York Times paperback nonfiction best-seller list — gives eloquent and urgent expression to deep feelings that the criminal justice system is stacked against them,” the article noted.



Internationally known Civil Rights lawyer to deliver keynote at annual Policy and Practice Symposium at University of St. Francis

March 1, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in an article by TribLocal, which announced she was slated to be the keynote speaker at University of St. Francis’ Spring Policy and Practice Symposium April 12.



Is Drug War Driven Mass Incarceration the New Jim Crow?

February 28, 2012

A Forbes article centered on Professor Michelle Alexander for her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness.

The article notes, “Through a series of anecdotes accompanied by a steady drumbeat of statistics, Alexander makes a compelling case that one of the key pillars of the fruitless war on drugs is selective enforcement coupled with plea bargain-driven judicial railroading.”



U.S. States Grapple with Exploding Prison Populations

February 21, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in an article in the Inter Press Service about booming state prison populations, budget cuts, and the possibility of revising criminal codes as a result.  The article said: "In a May 2011 editorial in the New York Times, Michelle Alexander, an associate professor of law at Ohio State University, said Republican leaders are pursuing prison reforms for the wrong reasons, that is, saving money instead of addressing racial disparities in incarceration."

 



Michelle Alexander to speak at UW-River Falls

February 17, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander's lecture on her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness was featured in the River Falls Journal.



Jim Crow: Drug war outcome

February 17, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in an editorial by the Charleston Gazette discussing the fact that 75 percent of people imprisoned for drug offenses are black, but whites more often use drugs.



Civil Rights lawyer to speak as part of conference

February 15, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander's upcoming lecture on the mass incarnation of blacks was featured on the University of Tennessee news service.



Professor Alexander named to Power 100 list

February 15, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was listed On Being A Black Lawyer’s Power 100 list, which highlights the nation’s most influential black attorneys working in government, academics, and public and private sectors.

 



Civil rights lost when blacks labeled felons says lawyer’s new Jim Crow book

February 2, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander and her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in an Age of Colorblindness were featured in an Examiner.com article.

“I had these series of experiences in my work that led to – I call it ‘my awakening.’ I began to see that our criminal justice system and our system of mass incarceration was functioning more like a caste system than a system of crime prevention or control," states Alexander speaking of her days as a litigator.

“Young kids were being shuttled from their decrepit under funded schools to brand new high tech prisons: being stopped and searched by the police, arrested for the very sorts of nonviolent relatively minor petty drug offenses that were going ignored on the other side of town on college campuses and suburban white communities. Once they were swept in, they were trapped! For life! Once they were branded a criminal or felon, they were doomed --ushered into this parallel social universe in which all of their rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement were stripped from them. Often stripped of the right to vote before they turned 18. They’re ineligible for jury service for the rest of their lives. Harassed as a result of racial profiling and stop and frisk operations that don’t occur in middle class white communities, but have become the norm (in black communities).”



The Caging of America

January 30, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow, was quoted in a column by The New Yorker about the mass incarceration of African Americans in the United States.

“The system of mass incarceration works to trap African Americans in a virtual (and literal) cage,” Alexander wrote.
 



The Torture of Mumia Abu-Jamal Continues off Death Row

January 23, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was referenced in an article on globalresearch.ca. The article, about Mumia Abu-Jamal’s mistreatment in a Pennsylvania jail, mentioned Alexander delivered video messages at a protest Dec. 9 and credited her for deeming the U.S. prison nations as “the new Jim Crow.”



The Torture of Mumia Abu-Jamal Continues off Death Row

January 23, 2012

Professor Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow, was reference din an article by Socialist Project detailing the trials of Mumia Abu-Jamal.



Op-Ed: South Carolina Primary, where Jim Crow government still rules

January 22, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in an opinion editorial article on the Digital Journal that suggested Jim Crow laws are still in effect in South Carolina.

"Today there are more African-Americans under correctional control — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began," Alexander was quoted.



Save our people

January 20, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, was discussed in an article in the South Florida Times.



Drug arrests create racial caste system, says author Michelle Alexander

January 19, 2012

A speech delivered to a near-capacity crowd at Grand Valley State University as the keynote address for the school’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration by Professor Michelle Alexander was covered in an article by MLive.com.

 



Dog Like Me

January 19, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in an article by Santa Barbara Independent about Martin Luther King Day.

The article says that In her book, The New Jim Crow, Alexander states "that if the United States were to return to the pre–War on Drugs rate of incarceration, we’d have to release 80 percent of the people behind bars. When you calculate the $50,000 a year it takes to lock someone up, that’s a lot of taxes for white people to be mad about. Likewise, Alexander estimated if we returned to the pre-War number of prison employees, about a million people would be out of work."



Luther College to host ninth annual Midwest Black History Conference Feb. 15-16

January 18, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander, will present a plenary lecture based on her book and titled The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness in the Center for Faith and Life Main Hall at the Luther College Midwest Black History Conference .



Legal Scholar: Jim Crow Still Exists In America

January 16, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was interviewed on NPR's Fresh Air during a Martin Luther King Jr. Day broadcast about her 2010 book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

 

 

"People are swept into the criminal justice system — particularly in poor communities of color — at very early ages ... typically for fairly minor, nonviolent crimes," she told Fresh Air's Dave Davies. "[The young black males are] shuttled into prisons, branded as criminals and felons, and then when they're released, they're relegated to a permanent second-class status, stripped of the very rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement — like the right to vote, the right to serve on juries, the right to be free of legal discrimination and employment, and access to education and public benefits. Many of the old forms of discrimination that we supposedly left behind during the Jim Crow era are suddenly legal again, once you've been branded a felon."



On MLK Day: How a Racist Criminal Justice System Rolled Back the Gains of the Civil Rights Era

January 15, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was interviewed on Democracy Now! as part of a discussion in time for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Alexander is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

"Although our rules and laws are now officially colorblind, they operate to discriminate in a grossly disproportionate fashion. Through the war on drugs and the 'get tough' movement, millions of poor people, overwhelmingly poor people of color, have been swept into our nation’s prisons and jails, branded criminals and felons, primarily for nonviolent and drug-related crimes — the very sorts of crimes that occur with roughly equal frequency in middle-class white neighborhoods and on college campuses but go largely ignored — branded criminals and felons, and then are ushered into a permanent second-class status, where they’re stripped of the many rights supposedly won in the civil rights movement, like the right to vote, the right to serve on juries, and the right to be free of legal discrimination in employment, housing, access to education and public benefits," Alexander said.



For too many African-Americans, prison is a legacy passed from father to son

January 15, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was referenced in an article by The Guardian about the cycle of incarceration repeating itself from one generation to the next among the African-American community. Alexander is the author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

"According to Ohio State University law professor and author Michelle Alexander, there are more African-American men in prison, on probation or on parole in the US now than were enslaved in 1850," the British newspaper reported. "Alexander also calculates that because felons lose the right to vote, more African-American men were disenfranchised in 2004 than in 1870, the year male franchise was secured."



MLK event Tuesday at Cooley

January 14, 2012

A Martin Luther King Jr. Day appearance by Michelle Alexander at Thomas M. Cooley Law School's Lansing campus was touted in the Lansing State Journal. Alexander is the author of the 2010 book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.

"Alexander's book focuses on the conviction rate and the astonishing number of African Americans who are in the nation's jails," the Michigan newspaper reported. "While speaking at Cooley, she will share how the consequences of a criminal conviction lead to barriers when individuals seek employment and how these barriers adversely affect communities, families and taxpayers."



Mass Incarceration

January 13, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander was interviewed by PBS' Religion & Ethics Newsweekly in a segment about mass incarceration. The program aired in Ohio and other markets.

Alexander, author of the 2010 book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, discussed what role faith communities could play in ending disenfranchisement and discrimination against young, African-American men.

"Just as in the days of slavery it wasn’t enough to shuttle a few to freedom, today we’ve got to work for the abolition of the system of mass incarceration as a whole," she said, "and that means, in my view, that the church has got to find its prophetic voice in the era of mass incarceration and really call on politicians and policymakers to undo the massive tragedy that has been done."



What we think: The killing of Trayvon Martin and the state of Black America

January 1, 2012

Professor Michelle Alexander's book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness was referenced by the South Florida Times in an article discussing the killing of Trayvon Martin.



Broken Justice

December 20, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander's 2010 book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness was quoted in an article on The Crime Report discussing the problems with America's justice system.

"[Alexander's] book peels back the mask of fair play and reveals exactly how the courts and legislative bodies have allowed these perversions of justice to occur," the article said.



U.S. Falls in Judiciary Rank as Senate Passes Defense Bill

December 13, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned by Courthouse News Service in an article discussing  the National Defense Authorization Act of 2012, which would codify procedures for military detention of U.S. citizens.

Alexander's book, "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," was quoted that more black men are in prison in the United States today than were enslaved in 1850.
 



Bulging Jails Are Other American Exception: Albert Hunt

November 20, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted by Albert Hunt, executive editor of Bloomberg News, in a column about the bloated prison system in the United States, its soaring costs in some areas, and the disproportionate number of minorities imprisoned. The column was published by The Miami Herald as well.

“We’ve had a race to incarcerate that has been driven by politics, racially coded, get-tough appeals,” said Alexander, who wrote “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”



Clergy, laypeople urge faith-based push for nonviolent initiatives

November 18, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted by Catholic News Service in an article that was published by U.S. Catholic. The piece was about the need for faith-based groups to pressure public officials to reduce violent crime rates in U.S. cities, which can stem from low-quality public education and mass incarceration of minorities.

Alexander, author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," said the obstacles facing ex-inmates make it difficult for them to stay out of prison, including difficulty finding jobs.

"The question on the application is, 'Have you ever been convicted of a felony?'" Alexander said. "It doesn't matter if it was three weeks ago or 45 years ago, you have to check that box, knowing full well that the application is going straight into the trash can."

Alexander also discussed how some states prohibit ex-prisoners to live in publicly financed housing when they get out of jail.

"What do you expect folks to do? They go right back to prison. Seventy percent return within three years, and the majority who return do so in a matter of months because the challenges associated with survival are so immense. The worst is the shame and stigma that will follow you for the rest of your life."



Civil rights author Alexander to discuss race, prisons

November 7, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander's pending appearance at the University of Louisville was previewed in an article on louisville.com. Alexander, author of the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, argues that the high percentage of African Americans in prisons, especially through the war on drugs, has created a new racial underclass that brings to life old forms of discrimination.



‘Felon’ Is the New N-Word

November 2, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in an article on Urban Faith, an online newsletter, about the incarceration of people of color. Alexander's latest book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, was discussed, and the author quoted a recent speech she delivered at Princeton University.

"People of color are no more likely to use or sell drugs than whites. The color blind veneer of the system has made us blind to how racial bias permeates the system. We have to deal with the shame and stigma that keeps people silent,” she said.



Michelle Alexander: More Black Men Are In Prison Today Than Were Enslaved In 1850

October 13, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander and her book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" were featured prominently in an article and video news clip on The Huffington Post. Alexander has concluded that more black men are behind bars or under the watch of the criminal justice system than there were enslaved in 1850.



New book explores black men in jail outnumbering slaves in 1850

October 11, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander and her book "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" were cited in a piece by NewsOne.com, a news website for the African-American audience.



Civil rights lawyer, author to give Anne Braden lecture

September 30, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured in a Louisville Courier-Journal article discussing her upcoming lecture on the mass incarnation of African Americans during the fifth annual Anne Braden Memorial Lecture Nov. 10 at the University of Louisville.



Spike Lee among NSU speakers

September 8, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander's upcoming speaking engagement at Norfolk State University was previewed by HamptonRoads.com, an affiliate of The Virginian-Pilot. Alexander holds a joint appointment at the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and the Moritz College of Law. Her book “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” explores the impact on society of the higher rates of incarceration among black men.



A Solution to Recidivism: Let Ex-Offenders Vote

August 15, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was referenced in a blog posting by Mansfield Frazier for The Crime Report, a news service covering criminal justice in the U.S. and abroad. "Ohio State University law professor Michelle Alexander, in her brilliant 2010 book 'The New Jim Crow,' graphically details how the law was used take away the vote from African Americans by criminalizing them, and how the doors to the Court House were then slammed shut to prevent redress."



We recently noted the passage of the 40th anniversary of the Drug Wars.

June 21, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned on the blog firedoglake.com in a discussion about the 40th Anniversary of the war on drugs. Today “More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began”, says Michelle Alexander, an Ohio State law professor and author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. “Most of that increase is due to the War on Drugs, a war waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color.”



Book Review: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarnation in the Age of Colorblindness

June 19, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander's recent book was reviewd by blogcritics.org  The review said: Her book is extremely informative as well as disturbing. Alexander expertly exposes the war against black men executed by our elected officials, our courts, our law enforcement and the media both historically and in contemporary America. She is not a hysterical purveyor of a lame conspiracy theory. She is a scholar who utilizes historical facts and empirical data to provide convincing evidence of what so many of us have known for a generation: Our government is systematically criminalizing our children and, as a result a great number of them effectively become second class citizens in their native land.



OSU Law Professor Makes MSNBC

June 19, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander's recent appearance on MSNBC was discussed in The Examiner. The article said: "Michelle Alexander, a law professor at OSU and the author of "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness," made her case on the Dylan Ratigan show on MSNBC, that states, including Ohio, should be releasing people from prison rather than trying to warehouse them more cheaply.



 

 



Incarnation Rate Triples

June 17, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was on the Dylan Ratigan Show on MSNBC discussing the mass incarnation of minorities in the United States.



Dump the war on drugs

June 15, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune by Clarence Page.  The op-ed said: "Among the results, a 100-to-one sentencing disparity between crack cocaine and powder cocaine offenses that boosted incarceration rates, particularly of African-Americans — producing statistics that Michelle Alexander, an Ohio State University legal scholar, calls "The New Jim Crow" in her well-researched book with that title."



Viewpoints: Prison edict backlash reveals race bias

June 5, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander wrote an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee on the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision on prison overcrowding in California.



Law professor speaks out on ‘The New Jim Crow’

May 26, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured in an article in the Sacramento Press regarding a presentation she gave on her new book The New Jiim Crow. The article said: The crowd was virtually mesmerized by the fascinating statistics about the devastating effects of the “War on Drugs,” along with the explanations of important details from relevant rulings from U.S. Supreme Court cases that drove home nearly every point made by Alexander’s seemingly encyclopedic recitation from memory.



Michelle Alexander at The Riverside Church

May 26, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured in an article in the Fellowship of Reconciliation regarding a presentation she gave at The Riverside Church in New York on her book The New Jim Crow.  The article said: Alexander, Associate Professor of Law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, is known for her stirring talks and presentations concerning imbalances and racism found in our prison system.  The New Jim Crow has resulted in a surge of interest into the problem generally, and the element of race in particular.  Nevertheless, she continues to call for a massive, mobilized, revolutionary movement in order to displace the now entrenched, big-business role of prisons in the United States.



Q&A: Michelle Alexander on “The New Jim Crow”

May 20, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured on KALW News in a question and answer feature piece.



In Prison Reform, Money Trumps Civil Rights

May 14, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander wrote an opinion editorial column in the Sunday New York Times on the use of mass incarnation as a form of racial control.



The Root: We Can't Afford To Not Fix Justice System

April 7, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted on NPR in regards to reforming the nation's criminal justice system. The article says: "Our criminal-justice system today undoubtedly functions much like a racial caste system, as Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, so aptly points out. Being labeled a felon effectively strips away crucial rights from an individual, locking him or her into second-class status indefinitely, unable to vote, secure a good job or find safe and affordable housing."



Mass Incarceration Creates Costly Disaster Across America

April 4, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in an online newsletter, This Can't Be Happening. The author focused on Professor Alexander's remarks during a recent lecture at Princeton University. The post said: "Ohio State University Law Professor Michelle Alexander...said a major reason why imprisonment rates soared during the past four decades despite decreases in crime rates is anti-crime policies craftily manipulated by conservative Republican officials for political purposes.Harsh anti-crimes policies of the 1970s and 1980s were largely a “punitive backlash” to advances of the Civil Rights Movement, said Alexander, author of the hugely popular 2010 book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."



Hood symptomatic of social issues

March 31, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in Red and Black, a University of Georgia newspaper, about the shooting of a police officer.  The article said: "More black men are imprisoned, on probation or on parole today than were enslaved before the Civil War, according to Michelle Alexander, law professor at Ohio State University."



Author explores racism, incarceration at meeting

March 31, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow Law: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, was reviewed by the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier.



More Black Men Now in Prison System than Were Enslaved

March 30, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured in an article in the UK Progressive.  The story was based on a lecture Professor Alexander gave in Pasadena, California on her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarnation in the Age of Colorblindness. “More African American men are in prison or jail, on probation or parole than were enslaved in 1850, before the Civil War began,” Alexander said during the lecture.



More Black Men in Prison, Penal System, Than Were Enslaved in 1850, Author Michelle Alexander Tells L.A. Area Audience

March 30, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in LA Weekly about her book The New Him Crow: Mass Incarnation in the Age of Colorblindness. 



Black Male Incarceration and the New Jim Crow…

March 29, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander's book,  The New Jim Crow, was reviewed by Thy Black Man. The reviewer wrote "What I respect about the work of Michelle Alexander is that she is using her scholarship for a productive purpose, instead of writing a bunch of research papers that no one will ever read (as many black scholars are unfortunately conditioned to do).  Mass incarceration is one of the most devastating problems facing black America today and it also serves to undermine the stability of the black family in America." 



CAAS hosts talk on race, prisons

March 28, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in The Daily Princetonian regarding her keynote address at a conference on mass incarnation and racial tensions at Princeton University. The foundation of the discussion was Alexander’s 2010 book The New Jim Crow, which contends that mass incarceration has led to a new racial caste system in America perpetuated by the principle of colorblindness.



Fort Worth police shooting shines light on racial unease

March 12, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in a Star Telegram story about racial unease in Fort Worth. The story states: “Among the concerns is uneven enforcement of drug laws. And studies show that while drug-use rates are roughly the same among blacks and whites, blacks are incarcerated at much higher rates for drug offenses. When blacks ask for better policing, what they get is more policing and longer sentences, said Michelle Alexander, a professor at Ohio State University Law School.”



'The New Jim Crow’

March 2, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in a Macon.com story about her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the age of Colorblindness. The story states: “Alexander convincingly argues that it was the Reagan administration’s ‘War on Drugs’ that presented an organized public relations campaign that created the story of drug criminals and users as African Americans and other people of color.”



The Drug War, Minorities and the Rust Belt

January 25, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in a RustWire.com story about the war on drugs. The story states: “In 2000, African Americans and Latinos made up over three fourths of all those sent to prison for drug offenses. According to Alexander, “blacks are admitted to prison on drug charges at rates from twenty to fifty seven times greater than that of white men.” The end result is that one in fifteen African American males is currently incarcerated and that’s not including all those on parole or at some other stage of the penal process. For these men the chances of obtaining any kind of adequate employment, or even shelter, are often highly problematic.”



Entertaining State Tribute packs a punch

January 20, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in a Madison Times story about the 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State of Wisconsin Tribute and Ceremony at which she was the keynote speaker. The story states: “‘One is tempted on a day like today to focus entirely on Dr. King's achievement and his contributions and the way that he helped transform our nation and our collective public consciousness,’ Alexander said. ‘But if there's one thing that Dr. King demonstrated consistently — as much as his commitment to non-violence — it was his commitment to the principle of honesty and about telling the whole truth about matters of race.’”



Madison celebrates the life and lessons of King

January 17, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in a Wisconsin State Journal story about University of Wisconsin’s celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. The story states: “‘This (prison) system is not going down without a fight,’ said keynote speaker Michelle Alexander, an Ohio State University law professor who just published a book comparing the country's racial disparity in prison to the Jim Crow laws that ignited the Civil Rights movement.”



Black leaders regroup to address widening poverty among African American children

January 17, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in a Washington Post story about growing rates of poverty among black children. The story states: “Michelle Alexander, a professor at Ohio State University's college of law and author of ‘The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,’ said that among participants there was a ‘common commitment to ensuring that the fate of black children today is dramatically improved in coming years.’ She gave a presentation about her book, in which she argues that high incarceration rates among African Americans is tantamount to discrimination in the Jim Crow South.”



NAACP Image Award Nominees We Love, and Some We Don’t

January 14, 2011

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in a ColorLines story about the NAACP Image Award nominations. The story states: “Ohio State University law professor Michelle Alexander’s ‘The New Jim Crow’ was a thorough evisceration of the criminal justice system and the war on drugs that’s resulted in the mass incarceration of black men. And it’s been nominated as an Outstanding Literary Work of Nonfiction.”



Building Bridges

January 3, 2011

Michelle Alexander was recently a guest on the Building Bridges segment of WBAI 99.5 FM (NYC) where she discussed her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.



Obama’s drug war

December 30, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander recently published and Opinion Editorial in the San Francisco Bay View about the current war on drugs the Obama administration is fighting. The story states: “More than 30 million people have been arrested since 1982, when President Reagan turned Nixon’s rhetorical “war against drugs” into a literal war against poor people of color. During the past few decades, African-American men, in particular, have been arrested at stunning rates, primarily for nonviolent, relatively minor drug offenses – despite data indicating that people of all races use and sell drugs at remarkably similar rates.”



Michelle Alexander: The New Jim Crow

November 26, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was a guest on Smiley & West to discuss how her book, The New Jim Crow, is affecting public policy.



‘The New Jim Crow’

November 2, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in the San Francisco Bay View in a story about her recently published book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The story states: “[T]he author, a law professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, Michelle Alexander, digs deep into U.S. history and deeper still into U.S. criminal law and practice to conclude that the barbarous system of repression and control known commonly as Jim Crow had a rebirth in this era. That’s why she calls it the new Jim Crow.”



Good timing, bad timing

October 27, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was recently mentioned in The Other Paper in a story about Money and Memories Entertainment trying to spread the word about a new book. The story states: “Representatives from Bice’s co-promoter on the Skully’s event, Money and Memories Entertainment, had told The Other Paper earlier that week of their determination to get Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow into the hands of Dead Prez. That same week, feminist scholar bell hooks urged Ohio State students to read Alexander’s book, which is critical of the prison system.”



Smoke and Horrors

October 22, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was mentioned in an Opinion Editorial published in The New York Times. The pieces states: “In fact, in her fascinating new book, ‘The New Jim Crow,’ Michelle Alexander argues that the American justice system is being used to create a permanent ‘undercaste — a lower caste of individuals who are permanently barred by law and custom from mainstream society’ and to discriminate against blacks and Hispanics in the same way that Jim Crow laws were once used to discriminate against blacks.”



Sooner or later, marijuana will be legal

September 28, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was recently mentioned in a CNN column about the legalization of marijuana. The story states: “The racial disparities are appalling. As Michelle Alexander so eloquently shows in her new book, ‘The New Jim Crow,’ a drug conviction automatically makes a person a second-class citizen who can be legally discriminated against in housing and employment, denied school loans, and barred for life from serving on juries, accessing public benefits and even voting. While African Americans make up only about 13 percent of the U.S. population and about 15 percent of drug users, they make up about 38 percent of those arrested for drug law violations and a mind-boggling 59 percent of those convicted for drug law violations.”



Same Crime Rates, More Punishment

August 20, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured in a Vineyard Gazette article about the disproportionate incarceration rate of African Americans in the United States. Alexander talked about a phenomenon that she refers to as the new Jim Crow laws: "She told the audience she had come to see the American criminal justice system as 'the primary vehicle today for the creation and maintenance of racial hierarchy in the United States. The mass incarceration of poor people of color has operated to create a caste-like system in which millions of people are locked into a permanent second class status for life, highly reminiscent of what we supposedly left behind.'"



Voting Behind Bars

July 29, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in a New York Times opinion article about a pending supreme court decision on whether laws that take away an imprisoned person’s right to vote could be challenged on the basis that they are racially discriminatory and violate the Voting Rights Act. Alexander was quoted from her recent book on the racial caste system within the judicial system: “Some scholars of race and criminal justice have warned that the mass incarceration of African-Americans is ‘The New Jim Crow,’ the title of a new book by Michelle Alexander, a professor at Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law. ‘We have allowed ourselves to be willfully blind to the emergence of a new caste system,’ Professor Alexander writes, ‘a system of social excommunication that has denied millions of African Americans basic human dignity.’”



ACLU: Jim Crow laws still exist in legal application and includes racial profiling

June 30, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured in an La Prensa story about her new book, The New Jim Crow, which focuses on what she calls a new caste system in law enforcement that discriminates against African Americans.



A new legal caste system? Read the book

June 26, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured in a Miami Herald article about her new book, The New Jim Crow, that portrays racial profiling in the criminal system.



Michelle Alexander: Mass Incarceration Is The New Jim Crow

June 24, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured in an NPR article about her new book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, that discusses what she calls a “new racial caste system in America.”



Michelle Alexander, author of ‘The New Jim Crow,’ applauds the work of Gray-Haired Witnesses

June 19, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was quoted in a San Francisco Bay View story about her support of the Gray-Haired Witnesses for Justice group. The story states: “In referencing the focus of the Gray-Haired Witnesses on the case of the Scott Sisters, she had this to say: ‘The double life sentences imposed on the Scott sisters for an alleged robbery in Mississippi netting little more than $11 is a glaring example of a criminal justice system that is no longer much concerned with justice. No one was hurt or injured, and these women have no prior offenses.’”



Tell Me More

June 2, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured on the NPR show, “Tell Me More,” regarding her new book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.



I'm a criminal and so are you

May 19, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander published an opinion-editorial on CNN.com regarding issues discussed in her book: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The piece states: “I mean, haven't you ever smoked pot, didn't you ever drink underage, don't you sometimes speed on the freeway, haven't you gotten behind the wheel after having a couple of drinks? Haven't you broken the law? Well, yeah, they say, but I'm not a criminal. Oh, really? What are you, then? As I see it, you're just somebody who hasn't been caught. You're still a criminal, no better than many of those who've been branded felons for life.”



Bill Moyers Journal

April 2, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was featurd on PBS’s Bill Moyers Journal regarding her new book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. She stated: “ … What I mean is that we have a system of laws, policies, and practices in the United States today that operate to lock people of color, particularly poor people of color, living in ghetto communities, in an inferior second-class status for life.”



The new Jim Crow: How the war on drugs gave birth to a permanent American undercaste

March 25, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander published an opinion editorial in the San Francisco Bay View about the topics discussed in her new book: The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The editorial states: “The drug war has been brutal – complete with SWAT teams, tanks, bazookas, grenade launchers, and sweeps of entire neighborhoods – but those who live in white communities have little clue to the devastation wrought. This war has been waged almost exclusively in poor communities of color, even though studies consistently show that people of all colors use and sell illegal drugs at remarkably similar rates.”



The New Jim Crow

March 11, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was on a Democracy Nowtelevision show that detailed her new book, “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.”



The New Jim Crow

March 3, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured on CNN regarding her new book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. She stated: “Affirmative action is no substitute for remedying the severe structural inequities that persist in the United States.”



The New Jim Crow

February 22, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was on a C-Span’s “Washington Journal” to discuss her new book, The New Jim Crow.



A New Jim Crow?

January 28, 2010

Professor Michelle Alexander was featured in a Newsweek story about her new book, The New Jim Crow. The story states: “In The New Jim Crow, Ohio State law professor Michelle Alexander argues that mass incarceration has become the state's method for repressing an entire generation of African-Americans. Ultimately, she overreaches. Mass imprisonment is not really analogous to Jim Crow. Nor are the majority of young black men in large American cities ‘under the control of the criminal-justice system.’ But Alexander is absolutely right to fight for what she describes as a ‘much needed conversation’ about the wide-ranging social costs and divisive racial impact of our criminal-justice policies.”



The New Jim Crow Book Review

January 26, 2010

Michelle Alexander was mentioned in this newsblaze.com story that reviewed a book she recently published entitled, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. The review states: “Alexander, a Professor of Law at Ohio State University, makes her very persuasive case in The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, a scathing indictment of the widespread practice of selective enforcement of draconian drug laws.”



Opinion: A few beers won't solve racial profiling

August 14, 2009

Professor Michele Alexander co-authored an opinion article in the San Jose Mercury News on the prevalence of racial profiling. The article states: “Racial profiling is not merely an interpersonal dispute to be settled with a nice chat over some beers. It is the means by which people of color are systematically targeted for mass incarceration. That conversation will be a long one, and it has barely just begun.”