Adult Book Club Discussion: "The New Jim Crow"
Please join us for the next meeting of our Adult Book Club scheduled for Tuesday,
May 8, at 1:00 p.m. We will be discussing the book "The New Jim Crow" by Michelle Alexander.
"Jarvious Cotton's great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave. His great-grandfather was beaten to death by the Klu Klux Klan for attempting to vote. His grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation; his father was barred by poll taxes and literacy tests. Today, Cotton cannot vote because he, like many black men in the United States, has been labeled a felon and is currently on parole."
As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status--much like their grandparents before them.
In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community--and all of us--to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.
Copies of the book are available for checkout at the library.
What: Adult Book Club
When: May 8, 2018, 1:00 pm
Where: East Troy Lions Public Library
East Troy Lions Public Library Adult Book Club Reading List 2018
January: A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
February: The Book of Joy by His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu
March: Z by Theresa Anne Fowler
April: The Stars are Fire by Anita Shreve
May: The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
June: Hillbilly Elegy by J. Vance
July: They May Not Mean To, But They Do by Cathleen Schine
August: First Draft and Epoch by East Troy High School Students
September: One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovish by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
October: Trump Revealed by Michael Kranish and Marc Fisher
November: Evicted by Matthew Desmond
December: Emily Oliphant is Fine by Gail Honeyman