Thursday, February 23, 2017

Racial caste and mass incarceration

For this blog post we were asked to read and answer the question how has racial caste perpetuated in the form of mass incarceration, despite the achievements of the civil rights movement? Michelle Alexander makes the statement that the racial caste system has always been in America, and it has never gone away or changed. Alexander also makes the statement explaining how the racial caste system is in everything. Jim Crow and mass incarceration had similar purposes. A major part of of both Jim Crow and mass incarceration is legalized discrimination. Alexander makes the point that discrimination is still legal in some ways in the form of mass incarceration. The racial caste system through mass incarceration relates African American males to criminals, and through the system they can be seen and labeled as felons. Alexander states "the failure of our legal system to eradicate all of the tactics adopted during the Jim Crow era suppress the black vote has major implications today". This explains and shows how our legal system is unjust and was never fixed after Jim Crow and how the racial caste system is promoted through this.

The civil rights movement challenged racial bias and the racial caste system. The war on drugs enforced the racial caste system by targeting African Americans in predominantly colored neighborhoods. Mass incarceration enforced racial caste and continued to imply racial bias. By the racial caste system being always there in America, explains how mass incarceration came about.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Elle! I really enjoyed your post and especially the conclusions you drew out of the situation that the US was in at the time. The fact that mass incarceration and Jim Crow were able to thrive because of the generalizations made in the lower judicial system is an interesting connection and also partially applies to today's society. Current data that suggests bigger crime rates in African American communities can completely unfounded because of how the judicial system allows for certain forms of discrimination.