This Is Just Staggering

Posted by on Jan 24, 2011 in Culture | No Comments

From Michelle Alexander’s new book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness:

There are more African Americans under correctional control today—in prison or jail, on probation or parolethan were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. As of 2004, more African American men were disenfranchised (due to felon disenfranchisement laws) than in 1870, the year the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified, prohibiting laws that explicitly deny the right to vote on the basis of race.

A black child born today is less likely to be raised by both parents than a black child born during slavery. The recent disintegration of the African American family is due in large part to the mass imprisonment of black fathers. If you take into account prisoners, a large majority of African American men in some urban areas have been labeled felons for life. (In the Chicago area, the figure is nearly 80%.) These men are part of a growing undercastenot class, castepermanently relegated, by law, to a second-class status.

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