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From the Old to the New Jim Crow


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This is an unabridged version of our presentation that you can use in the classroom. It includes strategies for talking to students about race, as well as a full array of statistics on mass incarceration.

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From the Old to the New Jim Crow

  1. 1. “From the Old to the New Jim Crow” POLITICALLY ENGAGING STUDENTS ON RACE
  2. 2. 1) Take one minute and reveal something of yourself to your partner that will “lower the waterline” on the iceberg.
  3. 3. 2) What is your racial identity? What advantages or disadvantages do you associate with your racial identity?
  4. 4. 1) Tell a humorous or unusual story about a family member.
  5. 5. 2) Tell a humorous or unusual story about someone from your neighborhood.
  6. 6. 3) Describe your neighborhood, including your favorite places.
  7. 7. 4) What advantages do you think you have living in your neighborhood?
  8. 8. 5) What advantages do you think a student would have living in an urban environment?
  9. 9. 6) What advantages do you think a student would have living in an suburban environment?
  10. 10. 7) What advantages do you think a student would have living in an rural environment?
  11. 11. 8) How would you describe your own racial identity and the advantages or disadvantages that come with it? Be precise.
  12. 12. The “Old” Jim Crow
  13. 13. The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  14. 14. Michelle Alexander at Northwestern University
  15. 15. Factors Influencing INEQUALITY
  16. 16. 1. My parents and grandparents were able to purchase or rent housing in any neighborhood they could afford.
  17. 17. 2. I grew up in a home owned by my parents.
  18. 18. 3. I live in a safe neighborhood and attend(ed) good schools.
  19. 19. 4. I live in a neighborhood where most residents own their own homes.
  20. 20. 5. I have a savings account, stocks or bonds that were given to me by parents or relatives.
  21. 21. 6. I can tap my parents’ resources to go to college.
  22. 22. 7. I can tap my parents’ resources to buy a house.
  23. 23. 8. In the future, I’ll be able to get help from my parents or other relatives and “weather the storm” if I lose my job or otherwise run into trouble.
  24. 24. 9. If I get into trouble with the law for the first time, I can be pretty sure the police and the DA (District Attorney) will be lenient with me.
  25. 25. 10. I don’t have to worry about helping my parents out when they retire.
  26. 26. 11. I never think twice about calling the police when trouble in my neighborhood occurs.
  27. 27. 12. I stand to inherit a tidy sum of money when my parents or other relatives pass away.
  28. 28. VIDEO: “White Girl to be Tried as a Black Man” (The Onion)
  29. 29. “Incarceration by the Numbers”
  30. 30. 1970 - 2000
  31. 31. The War on Drugs
  32. 32. Who’s the target? What’s the “low-hanging fruit”?
  33. 33. #Ferguson
  34. 34. Opportunity costs
  35. 35. VIDEO: “The Beast”
  36. 36. MUSIC VIDEO: “The Prison- Industrial Complex”
  37. 37. HOMEWORK: “The Prison- Industrial Complex”
  38. 38. The New Jim Crow… from the Old Jim Crow
  39. 39. Thomas Dartmouth “Daddy” Rice
  40. 40. Minstrelsy is Appropriation
  41. 41. First on de heel tap, den on the toe Every time I wheel about I jump Jim Crow Wheel about, and turn about en do j’s so. And every time I wheel about, I jump Jim Crow.
  42. 42. Jim Crow “Country” Act
  43. 43. Jim Crow “Dandy” Act
  44. 44. Bert Williams
  45. 45. Bert WilliamsBert Williams
  46. 46. “[The mask is] a great protection…. I shuffle onto the stage, not as myself, but as a lazy slow- going negro.”
  47. 47. We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes. – Dunbar (1896) - “We Wear the Mask”
  48. 48. Bronx Zoo, 1906
  49. 49. Jack Johnson, 1908
  50. 50. W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk
  51. 51. Road to colorblindness?
  52. 52. Tyler Perry vs Spike Lee Lee called Perry’s work “minstrelsy”
  53. 53. Tyler Perry vs Spike Lee Lee called Perry’s work “minstrelsy”
  54. 54. Kendrick Lamar To Pimp A Butterfly (2015)
  55. 55. Kendrick Lamar, “Mortal Man”
  56. 56. “…I don’t think America know that. I think American think we was just playing and it’s gonna be some more playing but it ain’t gonna be no playing. It’s gonna be murder, you know what I’m saying, it’s gonna be like Nat Turner, 1831, up end this muthaf***a. You know what I’m saying, it’s gonna happen.” “That's crazy, man.”
  57. 57. “The Caterpillar Metaphor”
  58. 58. “When trapped inside these walls, certain ideas start to take roots, such as going home, and bringing back new concepts to this mad city. The result? Wings begin to emerge, breaking the cycle of feeling stagnant. Finally free, the butterfly sheds light on situations that the caterpillar never considered, ending the internal struggle. Although the butterfly and caterpillar are completely different, they are one and the same.”
  59. 59. Wednesday, August 13th, 2014
  60. 60. “I wanted to come out and help bring this community back together. And with me being older, I wanted to set an example and inspire leadership to the youth…” – Anthony Clark
  61. 61. Ariel Elliott, 6, of Ferguson: Thursday, August 14th, 2014
  62. 62. “bushwick history lesson”
  63. 63. I didn’t just appear one day I didn’t just wake up and know how to write my name. I keep writing, knowing now that I was a long time coming.