Mass Incarceration, Black Men, and the Fight for Justice
by Cicely Lewis
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Pub Date 01 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 30 Jun 2021
Lerner Publishing Group, Lerner Publications ™
In the United States, Black men are almost six times more likely to be imprisoned than white men. This disproportionate impact can be traced back to slavery, Jim Crow laws, and the criminalization of Black people into the modern day. With growing awareness about unfair treatment in the justice system, more and more people are calling for change. Read more about the history and causes of mass incarceration and how activists are reforming and rethinking justice.
Read Woke™ Books are created in partnership with Cicely Lewis, the Read Woke librarian. Inspired by a belief that knowledge is power, Read Woke Books seek to challenge social norms, give voice to the silenced, provide information about groups that have been disenfranchised, disrupt the status quo, and share perspectives from underrepresented or oppressed groups.
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Title also available as paperback for $9.99 (ISBN 9781728431376).
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Average rating from 2 members
This book as appropriately written for young readers to learn about incarceration and things that have been going on in everyday world. It is sensitive but written in a real context that doesn't sugar anything.
While The New Jim Crow has been a pivotal and informative book for young adults and adults, it can be difficult to explain the intricacies and legacy of incarceration in the United States. And then there is this book, an important addition to elementary and middle grade classrooms, while still being accessible to high school readers looking for a cursory overview of the topic. The introduction is very direct, “many do not have a Hollywood ending”, and stating that “Black men have the highest incarceration rate of any group in the US”, before providing a very clear graphic comparing the rate of imprisonment between genders and race. I think it is important that the author chose to make this argument about the incarceration of black men from the beginning, rather than focusing on prison in general. Children and students need to be pushed to question what they see and hear in the news, and this book gives one point that they can come back to to explore various ideas (ex. Learning more about Reconstruction, Juneteenth, Nixon’s War on Drugs). This book is easy in terms of Lexile, but the content is challenging, yet still ending on a hopeful note.