Thursday, May 10, 2012

The New Jim Crow: Michelle Alexander on the Colbert Report

Here's a clip of Stephen Colbert's interview with Michelle Alexander, civil rights lawyer, professor and author of the book The New Jim Crow.  In The New Jim Crow, Alexander discusses how various policies implemented through incarceration and related 'collateral consequences' serve as contemporary versions of the poll tax and literacy test of the pre-civil rights era.  As such, these barriers serve as modern forms of controlling and disenfranchising African Americans.


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