Posts Tagged: Michelle Alexander

What to Read When You’re Feeling like a Criminal


Rumpus editors share their favorite fiction, poetry, and nonfiction books that deal with crime, criminals, and the criminal justice system. ...more

VISIBLE: Women Writers of Color: Lisa Factora-Borchers


Lisa Factora-Borchers talks about being a Catholic feminist, writing across genres, and pushing back against a singular narrative about New York. ...more

Anna March’s Reading Mixtape #1: For White Folks Who Think They Aren’t Racist


Complicating The New Jim Crow


At the New Yorker, Kelefa Sanneh discusses a new provocative book about current racial tensions in the USThe book, Black Silent Majority by Michael Javen Fortner, aims to complicate the idea that black people are disproportionately affected by police violence and incarceration (notably addressed by Michelle Alexander in The New Jim Crow) by talking about the ways black people themselves called for harsher prison sentences and a crackdown on crime in the 60s and 70s:

At a moment of growing concern about how our criminal-justice system harms African-Americans, Fortner seeks to show that African-American leaders, urged on by members of the community, helped create that system in the first place.


The Rumpus Interview with LaShonda Katrice Barnett


Novelist LaShonda Katrice Barnett discusses her debut novel, Jam on the Vine, how becoming a historian taught her about plot, Muslims living in Texas in the 19th century, and the Missouri State Penitentiary, also known as “the bloodiest 47 acres in America.” ...more