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      February 2, 2018

      Friday  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

      1030 Merrimon Avenue
      Asheville, North Carolina 28804

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      Reading Group: The New Jim Crow

      Join a guided discussion group as we read Michelle Alexander's "The New Jim Crow" over the month of February. We will meet weekly, handling two chapters of the book at a time. Signup at the first meeting is required.

      The first meeting will be 10am Friday, February 2nd at North Asheville Library. Participants need not have read any part of the book. Some copies of "The New Jim Crow" will be available for checkout at this time.

      From the dust jacket:
      "As the United States celebrates the nation's "triumph over race" with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or labeled felons for life. Jim Crow laws were wiped off the books decades ago, but today an astounding percentage of the African American community is warehoused in prisons or trapped in a permanent, second-class status--much like their grandparents before them, who lived under an explicit system of control.

      "In this stunning and incisive critique, civil rights lawyer-turned-legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.s. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control. In the current era, it is no longer permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. The old forms of discrimination--discrimination in employment, housing, education, and public benefits; denial of the right to vote; and exclusion from jury service--are suddenly legal once you're labeled a felon.

      "Alexander challenges the civil rights community, and all of us, to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America."

      Cost: Free -

      Categories: Education | Literary & Books | Politics & Activism

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