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Mass-Incarceration

"The Thirteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution had abolished slavery but allowed one major exception: slavery remained appropriate as punishment for a crime."    - Michelle Alexander ; The New Jim Crow (p. 31)


"I pray that those like Jordan's killer will be able to see our black sons and daughters as the children of God that they are. I pray that those that would see our children as 'criminals' will be able to see that they are a part of God's good creation. I pray to God that God's justice will be done, so that Jordan's mother will have justice for her son."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; Stand Your Ground; Black Bodies and the Justice of God (p. 87)


"The black body that was once marked as chattel is now marked as criminal."    - Kelly Brown Douglas ; Stand Your Ground; Black Bodies and the Justice of God (p. 74)


"Sociologists have frequently observed that governments use punishment primarily as a tool of social control, and thus the extent or severity of punishment is often unrelated to actual crime patterns."    - Michelle Alexander ; The New Jim Crow (p. 7)


“Public consent for the extreme levels of coercive control applied to a substantial proportion of the African American population is tied to the ideological linkages forged between ‘young black males’ and crime.”    - M. H. Barlow ; Race and the Problem of Crime in Time and Newsweek Cover Stories, 1946-1995


“The slave went free; stood a brief moment in the sun; and then moved back again toward slavery.”    - W. E. B. Du Bois ; Black Reconstruction, (p. 30)


"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. The New Jim Crow was born."    - Michelle Alexander ; The New Jim Crow (p. 58)


"A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth."    - Deutero-Isaiah ; Isaiah 42:3-4


"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."    - Author of Proverbs ; Proverbs 31:8-9


"Do not pervert justice; do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly."    - Authors of Leviticus ; Leviticus 19:15


"Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering."    - Author of Hebrews ; Hebrews 13:3


“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free."    - Jesus ; Luke 4.18


"Although the majority of illegal drug users and dealers nationwide are white, three-fourths of all people imprisoned for drug offenses have been black or Latino."    - Michelle Alexander ; The New Jim Crow (p. 98)


"The system of mass incarceration is based on the prison label, not prison time."    - Michelle Alexander ; The New Jim Crow (p. 14)


"The current system of control depends on black exceptionalism; it is not disproved or undermined by it. Others may wonder how a racial caste system could exist when most Americans—of all colors—oppose race discrimination and endorse colorblindness. Yet as we shall see in the pages that follow, racial caste systems 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."    - Michelle Alexander ; The New Jim Crow (p. 14)


"This book argues that mass incarceration is, metaphorically, the New Jim Crow and that all those who care about social justice should fully commit themselves to dismantling this new racial caste system."    - Michelle Alexander ; The New Jim Crow (p. 11)


"The United States imprisons a larger percentage of its black population than South Africa did at the height of apartheid."    - Michelle Alexander ; The New Jim Crow (p. 6)


"We have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it."      - Michelle Alexander ; The New Jim Crow (p. 2)


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