Mask Off

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, by Michelle Alexander reflects an idea in this article by Rick Perlstein called Exclusive: Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy, which talks about ideas of masking racism into a new form that may have an association with race/ethnicity and economic status. Alexander’s … Continue reading Mask Off

The Model Minority Getting Incarcerated

Featured photo credited to Time Magazine Its 2017, and the model minority myth is no longer as relevant as it was before. In fact Asian Americans and their incarceration rates are on the rise, a subtle change that has gone unnoticed. In 2013, it was estimated to have increased to 9% (over 100,000 Asian Americans) … Continue reading The Model Minority Getting Incarcerated

Sitting for Equality

In 1960, segregation was still a normal thing in the United States, but a non-violent protest by four young black men, Ezell Blair Jr., David Richmond, Franklin McCain and Joseph McNeil (all students from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical College) began the first sit-in protest at a segregated lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina. It … Continue reading Sitting for Equality

The Prison Industrial Complex

As defined by PrisonAbolition.org, the "Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) is a term used to describe the overlapping interests of government and industry that use surveillance, policing and imprisonment as solutions to economic, social and political problems." It is considered a complex because of the network that essentially exploits free labor (that is prisoners), between the … Continue reading The Prison Industrial Complex

Incarceration: Still a Reality

My research topic for this semester will be on prison reform and the issues with incarceration. In a piece written by Assata Shakur called “Women in Prison: How We Are,” (1978); a chapter from the African American Anthology, Let Nobody Turn Us Around, she describes what she saw during her time in prison. Assata Shakur … Continue reading Incarceration: Still a Reality