The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a book that has rapidly become mandatory reading for anyone interested in issues of justice in America. I’m just a chapter in and am already impressed by Michelle Alexander’s ability to paint a complicated picture with gripping clarity.
Pastor Rich Johnson of Sanctuary Columbus Church in Ohio is a friend and partner in multi-ethnic ministry. Beginning in March he and I will begin blogging through this book and we’re inviting our readers to join us. Would you consider borrowing our buying the book and participating in the conversation next month?
Whether or not you’ve even considered the topic of incarceration, I strongly believe you’ll appreciate this book and it’s many implications. In the foreword, Dr. Cornel West writes,
Martin Luther King Jr. called for us to be lovestruck with each other, not colorblind toward each other. To be lovestruck is to care, to have deep compassion, and to be concerned for each and every individual, including the poor and vulnerable. The social movement fanned and fueled by this historic book is a democratic awakening that says we do care, that the racial caste system must be dismantled, that we need a revolution in our warped priorities, a transfer of power from oligarchs to the people—and that we are willing to live and die to make it so!
I hope you’ll pick up the book and join the discussion next month.