Haley Scholars Fall 2013 Reading Groups
"The absence of black fathers from families across America is not simply a function of laziness, immaturity, or too much time watching Sports Center. Thousands of black men have disappeared into prisons and jails, locked away for drug crimes that are largely ignored when committed by whites" (180). --Michelle Alexander
In chapter 5 of The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander mentions unawareness and denials concerning the severity of the war on drugs for black people. She addressed how the system works "to trap African Americans in a virtual (and literal) cage" (185). She also described how the current system links to the past Jim Crow era with its legalized repressions, while noting the limits of the analogy.
Of the topics Alexander addressed in the chapter, what did you find most
important? Why? Please identify the page number for the concept or idea
that you cite.