10 Quotes That Perfectly Explain Racism To People Who Claim They’re Colorblind

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michelle-AlexanderMichelle Alexander

Author Michelle Alexander posits in her book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness:

“More than 2 million people found themselves behind bars at the turn of the twenty-first century, and millions more were relegated to the margins of mainstream society, banished to a political and social space not unlike Jim Crow, where discrimination in employment, housing, and access to education was perfectly legal, and where they could be denied the right to vote.

“The system functioned relatively automatically, and the prevailing system of racial meanings, identities, and ideologies already seemed natural. Ninety percent of those admitted to prison for drug offenses in many states were Black or Latino, yet the mass incarceration of communities of color was explained in race-neutral terms, an adaptation to the needs and demands of the current political climate.”

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