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Cleveland Rights Readers/The New Jim Crow @ Mac’s Backs



Sunday | 6:30 PM–8:00 PM


Cleveland Rights Readers, a book club that discusses fiction and non-fiction related to human rights will meet on Sunday, January 11th at 6:30 p.m. to discuss The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander.

This book has completely raised awareness and spawned considerable activism around issues of race and the justice system. A national movement has emerged with a local chapter, Puncture the Silence-Stop Mass Incarceration of Greater Cleveland.

Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as “brave and bold,” this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that “we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it.” 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—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a “call to action.”

Devastating. . . . Alexander does a fine job of truth-telling, pointing a finger where it rightly should be pointed: at all of us, liberal and conservative, white and black.

Alexander is absolutely right to fight for what she describes as a much-needed conversation” about the wide-ranging social costs and divisive racial impact of our
criminal-justice policies.

Invaluable . . . a timely and stunning guide to the labyrinth of propaganda, discrimination, and racist policies masquerading under other names that comprises what we call justice in America.
—Daily Kos

Event date:
Sunday, January 11, 2015 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address:
1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118


1820 Coventry Road | Cleveland Heights