history, ideas

Books for MLK day

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color Blindness” by Michelle Alexander: America has five percent of the world’s people, and 25 percent of its prisoners. This book demonstrates how the phenomenon of over incarceration has its roots in America’s history of racial subjugation, and helps maintain a social order too similar to that which Dr. King gave his life helping us to overcome.

– Benjamin Todd Jealous of the NAACP in the WSJ, “Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Four Books to Consider”