Saturday, December 17, 2016

Racial Caste

"The aim of this book is not to venture into the long-running, vigorous debate in the scholarly literature regarding what does and does not constitute a caste system.

I use the term 'racial caste' in this book the way it is used in common parlance to denote a stigmatized racial group locked into an inferior position by law and custom.

Jim Crow and slavery were caste systems. So is our current system of mass incarceration" (Alexander, 2012, p. 12)

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