The author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is an acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, legal scholar, and author. Prior to her work as a legal instructor, she served as the director of the Racial Justice Project for the ACLU of Northern California.
This U.S. President declared the War on Drugs in 1982, two years before the crack cocaine epidemic exploded in Los Angeles. As a result of the drug war, millions of African Americans have faced systematic racism and bias from police and the criminal justice system with many now relegated to second-class citizens.
This individual is used as an example in the author's Introduction of an African American who, like his father, grandfather, and great-grandfather before him, has been stripped of the Constitutional right to vote in the United States.
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