This Quarter’s “One Synod. One Book.” selection is The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander. This particular selection, even more timely following the recent events in Charleston, is described as “bold and brave” by Harvard Law Professor Lani Guinier.The New Jim Crow is a stunning account of the rebirth of a caste-like system in the United States, one that has resulted in millions of African Americans locked behind bars and then relegated to a permanent second-class status and denied the very rights supposedly won in the Civil Rights Movement. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community–and all of us–to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America. The book also provides an open door for congregations to discuss issues of racism, poverty, justice, privatization of the criminal justice system, the collateral effects of incarceration, and the need for access to education, jobs, and safe, stable living conditions. The issues are complex and deeply-rooted. The solutions are not simple. Reading and conversation is a good way to start.
Click here for access to information about study and discussion guides, including some that may be downloaded at no cost.
Click here for a study guide created by Pamela Wood, Riverside Church (NYC) and the Prison Ministry Study Group.
Click here for a study guide from the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Common Read 2013, and here for a 16-page pdf document of talking points.
Click here for a study guide for teens from the Teaching Tolerance project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Order the book from Hearts and Minds Bookstore in Dallastown. Click here to visit their website.
Want help crafting a study? Need a presenter? Contact Pr. Beth George of our synod’s Criminal Justice System Ministries for more information.