The Future of Race in America: Michelle Alexander at Tedx

Michelle Alexander posits that mass incarceration perpetuates a racial caste system in the United States. After the Civil Rights Movement, a “wave of punitive” legislation swept across the nation, targeting Black and Brown communities. Of her arguments, the most compelling point underlines how mass incarceration disenfranchises criminals – even after they have served their sentences. For instance, convicted felons are subjected to housing and employment discrimination. They can lose their voting rights and access to public assistance like food stamps. In addition, if they are able to find jobs, felons can have up to 100% of their income garnished to cover court fees. This narrative sounds eerily familiar. The conditions that felons face following their release is hauntingly similar... read more
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The Future of Race in America: Michelle Alexander at Tedx