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Fall 2023 Racial Justice Book Circle: "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness"


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We would like to invite you to join FLC's Fall 2023 racial justice book circle. We will be reading and discussing Michelle Alexander’s book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. We are excited to continue these district-wide discussions and would like to encourage everyone to attend.

About the Book:
Once in a great while a book comes along that changes the way we see the world and helps to fuel a nationwide social movement. The New Jim Crow is such a book. Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as "brave and bold," this book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar Michelle Alexander argues that "we have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it." By targeting black men through the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a "call to action."

Wednesdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm (dates September 13 through November 8) via Zoom.

Reading Schedule

  • Week 1 (9/13): Prefaces - Chapter 2
  • Week 2 (9/20): Prefaces - Chapter 2
  • Week 3 (9/27): Prefaces - Chapter 2
  • Week 4 (10/4): Chapters 3 and 4
  • Week 5 (10/11): Chapters 3 and 4
  • Week 6 (10/18): Chapters 3 and 4
  • Week 7 (10/25): Chapters 5 and 6
  • Week 8 (11/1): Chapters 5 and 6
  • Week 9 (11/8): Chapters 5 and 6

Several e-copies of the book are available via Los Rios Libraries.

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*(RSVP not required but appreciated to gauge size.)

This book circle will follow a similar format to our previous book circles and will include time for personal reflection followed by active discussion in small groups using a shared leadership philosophy. Reading of the chapters in advance is expected in order to fully engage in the discussion.

Meets State Professional Development Guideline B: Staff development, in-service training, and instructional improvement and Guideline F: Related activities, such as student advising, guidance, orientation, matriculation services, and student, faculty, and staff diversity.


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