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Anika Chapman: The New Jim Crow QuotationParaphraseAnalysis  “The nature of the criminal justice system has changed. It is no longer primarily concerned with the prevention and punishment of crime, but rather with the management and control of the dispossessed.”The criminal justice system is more concerned with deprived people and keeping them under control than true crime. I agree with this because it seems like in most places, police are not very focused on preventing the crimes they arrest people for. She uses figurative language to interest the reader.”…racial caste system do not require racial hostility or overt bigotry to thrive. They need only racial indifference, as Martin Luther King Jr. warned more than forty-five years ago.”Martin Luther King Jr. warned the people that bigotry will still be around, even after the Jim Crow Laws were ended. One of the main themes of the book is how, even though the Jim Crow era no longer really exists, the indifference , and denial of the American people regarding the treatment of the black people could potentially create marginalization. “Today a criminal freed from prison has scarcely more rights, and arguably less respect, than a freed slave or black person living “free” in Mississippi at the height of Jim Crow.”African American people have barely gained any rights and it could be considered that they are treated even more poorly than an African American living under Jim Crow. She is saying that the way ex-offenders are treated today is just as bad as  the way black people were treated in the South during Jim Crow. This is crazy to think about, because we always look at “how far we have come”.”Colorblindness, though widely touted as the solution, is actually the problem… colorblindness has proved catastrophic for African Americans.”If white people act as if they are “colorblind”, it will hurt the African American community even more.I think she is saying that black people don’t necessarily want to be treated the exact same, they just want respect.  “I was rushing to catch the bus, and I noticed a sign stapled to a telephone pole that screamed in large bold print: THE DRUG WAR IS THE NEW JIM CROW”.While running to the bus, she saw a sign that prompted her thoughts about the mass incarnation of African Americans.The author shows the reader her discovery of the New Jim Crow with the sign being one of the main ways that she starts to think about what mass incarceration really looks like. While reading the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander, I did not only become totally inthrowled, but I was flooded with new information about the mass incarnation of African American citizens within the United States. The book shows how the criminal justice system treats the African American people is completely unfair and bias. Littered with statistics and personal experience, Michelle Alexander shows the ways in which mass incarnation and The War on Drugs have become “The New Jim Crow”. The purpose of The New Jim Crow is to inform the reader of how the criminal justice system treats African Americans in regards to the issue of mass incarnation. The reader is shown many statistics and even a few instances of police officers pulling african american people based solely on looks and suspicion.  The Author’s main argument is that the way ex-offenders are treated today is just as bad, if not worse, than the way a black person was treated in the South under Jim Crow. I have learned that there are more African Americans are in the criminal justice system today than there were enslaved in 1850. Discrimination in housing, education, employment, and voting rights are legal against anyone who is classified as a felon. Since many more people of color than whites are made felons by the entire system of mass incarceration, racial discrimination remains as powerful as it was under slavery or under the post-slavery era of The Jim Crow Laws. Although it is thought that Jim Crow segregation is something of the past, this book proves that this is not true. Our inability as a nation to show black people the same respect if atrocious. The book shows how the criminal justice system treats African Americans is completely unfair and should not go unnoticed.