Haley Scholars Fall 2013 Reading Groups
Based on our readings of chapter 2 of Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow, people mentioned being unsettled by "harsh sentencing of non-violent crimes," inadequate legal representation, and "innocents becoming caught up in the system." Folks offered useful and valid points.
So now we turn our attention to chapter 3, "The Color of Justice." Alexander notes that the "rates and patterns of drug crime do not explain the glaring racial disparities in our criminal justice system" (99). She goes on to point out that the reason that so many more black men are incarcerated though is a result of "racial bias inherent in the drug war" (100).
Alexander spends considerable time in the chapter addressing the question: "how exactly does a formally colorblind criminal system achieve such racially discriminatory results?"
What aspect of Alexander's explanation did you find most compelling or worth considering and why?