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‘The New Jim Crow’ Book Discussion at Kimball Library, June 4

RANDOLPH, VERMONT – The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander will be the topic of a book discussion at the Kimball Library, 67 N Main St, Randolph, VT on June 4 from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

Author and Legal Scholar Michelle Alexander argues that “we have not ended racial caste in America: we have merely redesigned it.” She explains that 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, The New Jim Crow is a “call to action” ‐

Alan Berolzheimer will be leading the discussion. As described on the Vermont Humanities website:

Alan Berolzheimer has directed the book publishing program of the Vermont Historical Society since 1998. He is also the project historian and assistant director of The Flow of History, a Teaching American History program providing professional development activities to Vermont teachers. Alan received a Ph.D. in 20th-century U.S. History from the University of Virginia in 1996. He lives in Norwich.

This book discussion is co-sponsored by the Randolph group FORE ‐ Focus on Racial Equality.

Featured image of book cover: By Source (WP:NFCC#4), Fair use,

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