January 17, 2012 1:29 AM

Commentary: Jim Crow is alive and kicking

I have something for you. In June of 2010, I wrote in this space about a book,

The New Jim Crow

, by Michelle Alexander, which I called a "troubling and profoundly necessary" work. Alexander promulgated an explosive argument. Namely, that the so-called "War on Drugs" amounts to a war on African-American men and, more to the point, to a racial caste system nearly as restrictive, oppressive and omnipresent as Jim Crow itself.

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