Dear all Decipherers: Welcome to hell. Did I say hell? I mean fall. This week we bring you a podcast on the contours of another landscape of trauma. We are taking a look at Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.
Michelle Alexander is a civil rights lawyer and legal scholar who wrote this book on a fellowship in 2010. The premise: mass incarceration is the new Jim Crow. Since then, a number of high visibility police shooting of black men and the rise of the visible far right have proven the central thesis of her work.
Check out the podcast below:
1. For other scholars and works that address mass incarceration in America: Elizabeth Hinton’s From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime; Naomi Murakawa’s The First Civil Right: How Liberals Built Prison America; Kendi, Ibram X. Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
3. The featured image in today’s podcast is an aerial image of The United States Penitentiary, Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX), a federal supermax prison for men located in Fremont County, Colorado. Opened in 1994, it is colloquially known as the “Alcatraz of the Rockies.”