The title of Michelle Alexander‘s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness may seem incendiary to some, but when you get to know the facts about the disenfranchisement of felons there can be no doubt that minorities and African Americans in particular suffer most inside and following prison.

2010 has been a break through year for Alexander and she has described with clarity the injustice of the justice system.

I am late to post about her important writing, but I’ve enjoyed her commentary throughout this past year. I even had the privilege of sitting in on her first ever presentation about the book within a prison. Unsurprisingly, the men were very familiar with her arguments.

Listen to her explanation of Reagan’s legal and media blitz in efforts to construct the war on drugs in the early eighties.