The New Jim Crow - Stand Against Racism Event

"The New Jim Crow - Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness" will be discussed at this Stand Against Racism event offered by the Ethical Society of Asheville, Sunday, April 28th, 2:00 - 4:00 at the Friends Meeting House, 227 Edgewood Road in north Asheville. This book, written by Michelle Alexander, makes the compelling argument that the huge racial disparity of punishment in America is the crisis of our time, has its roots in our country's slavery and Jim Crow periods and is the new front of the historic struggle for racial justice.

Read the book now and be part of the discussion or come to hear the discussion of those who have read the book. All are welcome!

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  • Tom H.

    Thanks, Jackie! We really appreciate you facilitating the discussion. Great how we finished with the brainstorming session and what we can do locally to make a difference. Spreading awareness of the New Jim Crow and working with progressive elected officials, Asheville and Buncombe County, all great ideas. Urgently needed actions that I would like to help with in any way that I can.

    April 29, 2013

  • Jackie S.

    Here's a link for Prof. Alexander talking about The New Jim Crow:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gln1JwDUI64

    It's well worth an hour of your time.

    1 · April 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I was talking about "personal responsibility" vs social responsibility/structural inequity. i think The Hidden Cost of Being African American does a good job of addressing this myth of personal responsibility. http://books.google.com/books/about/The_Hidden_Cost_Of_Being_African_America.html?id=ld3HPpJHHJgC

    April 28, 2013

  • Jackie S.

    The truth will set us free... The after effects of incarceration may not have changed in the last century. This does not make the inequitable impact of the "War on Drugs" less devastating to the Black community. Black people in this country do not take more drugs than Caucasians, nor do they produce and control drug racketeering. Why are they so overwhelmingly disproportionately incarcerated for drug related offenses?

    I'm glad you all were there to explore this challenging topic with us. What stand shall we take against this apparent racism?

    April 28, 2013

  • Susanna E.

    I found the meeting very interesting but, since I didn't know it was based on a book, was completely unprepared and, thus, did not make much of a contribution. It's a topic of which I'm only peripherally informed, but VERY concerned about. Not only the pattern of imprisonment but the issue of voting rights, poll taxes disguised as ID, etc.

    April 28, 2013

  • Neill A.

    Usher for Grapes of Wrath at ACT.

    April 22, 2013

    • Jackie S.

      That sounds interesting, too! Where's that clone when we need it?!

      April 27, 2013

  • Susanna E.

    So much to do, and so little time! We will try to organize our schedule to join you. Miss the group and topic!

    April 27, 2013

    • Jackie S.

      Looking forward to seeing you!

      April 27, 2013

  • Joy M.

    I will bring the discussion guide.

    April 24, 2013

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