UNDERSTANDING THE RACIAL DYNAMICS IN AMERICA’S CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
One of the ways people experience racism every day is through our nation’s criminal justice system. In her book The New Jim Crow, legal scholar Michelle Alexander points out how, “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.”
Throughout the summer and fall, the (g)Race Equity Team invites everyone to spend time with us in reflection and conversation about our UNjust criminal justice system. We encourage people to read The New Jim Crow and/or Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy this summer, both of which focus on the inequitable racial dynamics in the current system.
We ask that people complete their chosen book (or books!) by mid-September, when our team will facilitate conversations and actions. There also will be the chance for group viewings of the powerful documentary 13th.
Any questions about this conversation or the (g)Race Equity Team? Contact Dee Cole Vodicka at firstname.lastname@example.org.