What does this term mean to you? Jim Barksdale (the man with the hat) refers to it as one of his "top 3" points in one of his commercials. I posted on Facebook to see what he meant. (He didn't answer.) So, I decided to google it. It's apparently the new buzzword of the Democrats. The first thing that caught my eye was "ACLU". Why are Republicans constantly accused of being racists, when it's is consistently the Democrats that choose to define people by labels? I really don't get that. Here's an except from: Two days later, Obama became the first sitting president to visit a prison. Speaking immediately after his visit, the president blamed mandatory drug sentencing as a “primary driver of this mass-incarceration phenomenon.” To underscore that point, he met with half a dozen inmates at the prison, all of whom had been convicted of nonviolent drug offenses. Three days earlier, he had commuted the federal prison terms of 46 nonviolent drug offenders, most of whom had been sentenced to at least 20 years’ imprisonment. *** No one has captured and fueled this zeitgeist better than Michelle Alexander, an ACLU lawyer turned Ohio State law professor. Her 2010 book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, is, as Cornel West put it, “the secular bible for a new social movement in early twenty-first-century America.” She condemns “mass incarceration . . . as a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow.” Ex-felons, like victims of Jim Crow, are a stigmatized underclass, excluded from voting, juries, jobs, housing, education, and public benefits. This phenomenon “is not — as many argue — just a symptom of poverty or poor choices, but rather evidence of a new racial caste system at work,” like Jim Crow and slavery before it. She even implies that this system is just the latest manifestation of whites’ ongoing racist conspiracy to subjugate blacks, pointing to the CIA’s support of Nicaraguan contras who supplied cocaine to black neighborhoods in the U.S. Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/424059/mass-incarceration-prison-reform Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/424059/mass-incarceration-prison-reform The term is (really) new to me, although the concept isn't.