The New Jim Crow

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Statistics and graphs based on the book by Michelle Alexander. An introduction to the "Prison Industrial Complex". Include Q & A slides (see "Iceberg" metaphor) intended to facilitate frank discussions about race among students.

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The New Jim Crow

  1. 1. “A human rights nightmare is occurring on our watch.” Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow
  2. 2. 1)  Tell a humorous or unusual story about a family member.
  3. 3. 2)  Describe your neighborhood, including your favorite places.
  4. 4. 3)  What advantages do you think you have living in your neighborhood?
  5. 5. 4)  What advantages do you think a student would have living in an urban environment?
  6. 6. 5)  What advantages do you think a student would have living in an suburban environment?
  7. 7. 6)  How would you describe your own racial identity and the advantages or disadvantages that come with it? Be precise.
  8. 8. Our current context
  9. 9. How is racial inequality evident today? Why does it continue? A Sociological Approach
  10. 10. Efforts of the Powerful
  11. 11. Prevailing Institutions
  12. 12. Culture: the Acceptance of Inequality
  13. 13. Socialization: the Acceptance of Place
  14. 14. Society’s Instruments of Force
  15. 15. The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
  16. 16. Michelle Alexander at Northwestern University
  17. 17. Prisoners per 100,000 citizens 762 531 323 153 119 63 USA Cuba Ukraine England China 58 Japan Syria
  18. 18. 1970 - 2000
  19. 19. The War on Drugs October, 1982
  20. 20. Who’s the target? What’s the “low-hanging fruit”?
  21. 21. 45% of non-whites are frisked when pulled over compared to only 29% of whites, even though whites are 70% more likely to carry a weapon. (NY Times)
  22. 22. Whites are 2.5 times less likely to have their car searched when pulled over than non-whites. (IDOT)
  23. 23. Who’s Behind Bars? White men, ages 18 or older
  24. 24. Who’s Behind Bars? White men, ages 18 or older 1 in 106
  25. 25. Who’s Behind Bars? African-American men, ages 18 or older
  26. 26. Who’s Behind Bars? African-American men, ages 18 or older 1 in 15
  27. 27. Who’s Behind Bars? African-American men, ages 20 to 34
  28. 28. Who’s Behind Bars? African-American men, ages 20 to 34 1 in 9
  29. 29. What’s the ultimate punishment?
  30. 30. Race of Defendants Executed 2% 7% 35% 56% Black White Latino Other
  31. 31. Race of Victim in Actual Murder Cases 8% 12% 50% 30% Black White Latino Other
  32. 32. Race of Victim in Death Penalty Cases 6% 3% 15% Black White Latino Other 76%
  33. 33. “All people make mistakes. All of us are sinners. All of us are criminals. All of us violate the law at some point in our lives. In fact, if the worst thing you have ever done is speed ten miles over the speed limit on the freeway, you have put yourself and others at more risk of harm than someone smoking marijuana in the privacy of his or her living room. Yet there are people in the United States serving life sentences for first-time drug offenses, something virtually unheard of anywhere else in the world.”

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