Official Website of the book
Interviews with the Author
Listen to NPR’s interview with Michelle Alexander to learn about the New Jim Crow from the author herself.
Publication: Huffington Post
Interview by Kathleen Wells
Excerpt: [Alexander]: Most people assume that the war on drugs was launched in response to the emergence of crack cocaine in inner city communities, but that’s not true. President Reagan declared his drug war at the time when drug crime was actually on the decline — it was a couple of years before, not after, crack hit the streets and became a media sensation. So, the drug war, really, has its origins in racial politics not drug crimes.
Publication: The New York Times
Author: Jennifer Schuessler
Date: March 6, 2012
Excerpt: The book is also galvanizing white readers, including some who might question its portrayal of the war on drugs as a continuation of race war by other means.
Publication: The Nation
Author: Michelle Alexander
Date: March 9,2012
Excerpt: When we pull back the curtain and take a look at what our “colorblind” society creates without affirmative action, we see a familiar social, political, and economic structure–the structure of racial caste. The entrance into this new caste system can be found at the prison gate. This is not Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream. This is not the promised land. The cyclical rebirth of caste in America is a recurring racial nightmare.
Campaign to End the New Jim Crow
This website includes information on how to get involved in the Campaign to End the New Jim Crow including study guides for Michelle Alexander’s book, organizing events, as well as links to relevant articles.
A Radio Documentary Series
119 U.S. Cities Are Being Asked to Help Eliminate The New Jim Crow with Thought and Actions During March and April 2012. Click here to find out what you can do.
Vocal New York addresses the issue of people being denied their constitutional right to vote because they are on parole. They discuss several of the reasons for restoring voter rights including: ending racial bias, increased public support for change, and promoting civic participation.
This site contains multimedia footage related to The New Jim Crow. View videos of speeches made by Angela Davis, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, Johanna Fernandez and others.