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Michelle Alexander Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Oct 2020
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The drug war has been waged almost exclusively in ghetto communities, resulting in what I believe is a racial under cast.
The problem that we face as civil rights lawyers and advocates is that its extremely difficult to prove race discrimination because the Supreme Court is required that you offer evidence of conscious racial bias. Some kind of admission to even get in the court house door.
Law enforcement in the United States, thanks largely to the war on drugs; routinely targets people of color often living in ghetto areas for stops and searches. typically in a futel effort to find drugs.
The criminal justice system was strategically employed to force African Americans back into a system of extreme repression and control, a tactic that would continue to prove successful for generations to come.
The backlash against gains of African Americans in the Reconstruction Era was swift and severe.
A slew of federal civil rights legislation protecting the newly freed slaves was passed during the relatively brief but extraordinary period of black advancement known as the Reconstruction Era.
Nine southern states adopted vagrancy laws, which essentially made it a criminal offense not to work and were applied selectively to blacks.
Slavery ended, but the idea of race lived on.
Since the nations founding, African Americans repeatedly have been controlled through institutions such as slavery and Jim Crow, which appear to die but then are reborn in new form, tailored to the needs and constraints of the time.
It was because of race that we didnt care much what happened to those people and imagined the worst possible things about them.
Today mass incarceration defines the meaning of blackness in America: Black people, especially black men, are criminals. That is what it means to be black.
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