The New Jim Crow

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The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a book by Michelle Alexander, a civil rights litigator and legal scholar. The book discusses race-related issues specific to African-American males and mass incarceration in the United States during the Clinton administration.[1]

Under the Clintons, more the 250,000 African Americans were imprisoned in the United States than under President Reagan,[2] a fact for which Hillary Clinton takes credit for.[3] Hillary Clinton was at his side when Bill Clinton raised mandatory sentencing guidelines which disproportionately sent Blacks to prison, giving the United States the highest mass incarceration rate in the world.[4] The Clinton's championed the “three strikes you're out” law, passed a crime bill that created dozens of new federal capital crimes, mandated life sentences for some three-time offenders, and authorized more than $16 billion for more state prisons. By the time the Clinton's left office in 2001, the United States had the highest rate of incarceration in the world. Human Rights Watch reported that in seven states, African Americans constituted 80 to 90 percent of all drug offenders even though they were no more likely than whites to use or sell illegal drugs. Prison admissions for drug offenses reached a level in 2000 for African Americans more than 26 times the level they had been under Ronald Reagan.[5]

Cumulatively since the Clinton's passed their crime bill, 2.5 million adult black males—more than 10% of the population—were incarcerated leaving untold damage on black families.[6]

The Clinton's divisiveness and hate was targeted at a diverse group of people.[7] Hillary Clinton publicly advocated treating minority youth like dogs,[8] made mocking and offensive comments about Jews and retarded children.[9] These sentiments were confirmed by Hillary's campaign chair, John Podesta, and her campaign manager, Robby Mook. According to all major, reputable sources, Hillary Clinton and/or her organization and its surrogates started the birther movement to discredit Barack Obama.[10]

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