Race Matters Book Club
Race Matters Book Club: February 2021
“The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness” by Michelle Alexander will be discussed at the February 22 – 7 PM virtual session of the book club. Although this best-selling volume was published in 2010, it is still very relevant to today’s issues of “race matters.”
While this classic has been widely read by those concerned with criminal justice reform, its narrative style brings home the truths of how mass incarceration has devastated communities of color and society at large to anyone with open eyes and ears and heart.
Cries for justice in the system are still needed from persons of faith and conscience. ACTS has been involved with criminal justice reform for many years and has recently hired a second community organizer to work on de-incarceration here in the Syracuse area. There are multiple copies available through OCPL system.
Here’s what Bill Gates recently said, when naming his 5 favorite books of 2020, about “The New Jim Crow” “Like many white people, I’ve tried to deepen my understanding of systemic racism. Alexander’s book offers an eye-opening look into how the criminal justice system unfairly targets communities of color, and especially Black communities.”
As our community’s social justice interfaith network, ACTS is hopeful that dialog will bring greater awareness and action. Twenty-one folks from eight different congregations attended the recent session on Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man.”
To register for the February 2021 session, email petersarverACTS@gmail.com Zoom link will be sent closer to the date for those who have signed up.