5.22.2013

yarn along - the new jim crow

My yarn and books are all over the place lately. Reading and crocheting were both major stress relievers for me during my crazy last month of the semester. But with all the hopping from job to job, place to place, I was hopping all around my projects and books too. I currently have three crochet projects going and have finally gotten my reading list down to two books.

And for the record, I am the sort of person who likes to finish one thing before moving on to the next. I have been embracing the diversity.

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One of the projects has been to clothe our second hot water bottle in its own cozy, continuing on my quest to use up the miscellaneous yarn in my basket. I tried to make this one match Joe's personality a little more. He rarely uses a hot water bottle, but I figured it would be a nice gesture, since the first cover has my name written all over it.

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The book I'm sharing this week is a very sobering read, but it's so important and incredible that I had to share. The New Jim Crow basically presents the argument that our present criminal justice system is inherently racist and results in the systematic oppression of men of color. It's a serious argument, and I've tried to approach it with skepticism. But every time a doubt arises in my mind, Michelle Alexander's next paragraph explains it.

I highly recommend it for everyone. It's a heavy read, but I can promise you will be stunned.

There are so many jaw-dropping statistics...

The US has the highest rate of incarceration in the world.
Three out of every four black men in Washington, DC are in prison.
White people are equally likely to be involved in drug activity, but black men are more likely to be arrested for it.
In Chicago, young black men are statistically more likely to go to prison than to college.

And Alexander's very convincing argument is that these things reflect a broken system.

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I promise I'll be back soon with something a little more lighthearted. But I think these tough issues deserve our attention too, right?

Linking up with Ginny. Happy Wednesday!

5 comments:

  1. Way to go presenting such a tough book ~ on a sweet little blanket ;)
    It really is a gentle way to raise up such difficult topics.

    I can't handle tough topics at the moment - not because I don't care but because it messes up my 'healing' strategy. Perhaps it's a little selfish.... but you can't put all the world's problems on yourself.

    I think people judge all the time - even outside of criminal actions, it makes me sick. But I think these crimes are also linked geographically, Chicago? I'm sure the writer brings up Detroit too?

    I think some areas are just magnets for crime, just like some are magnets for natural disasters.

    We live in a completely multi racial community - and I'm happy I'm not seeing any bad kids or crime around. I think peer pressure and street pressure has a huge link here. Not sure if that comes up in the statistics.
    Just my two cents.

    Sounds like an awesome read though, for sure something my husband would enjoy.

    Great job on the knitting!

    I bought a Knitting MochiMochi book a little while ago, and my daughter begs for a bunny scarf - except I only knit in straight lines (still) ;) I would learn so much from you ;)

    Sending big hugs! <3
    ~ Ella




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  2. Hi, I'd heard those stats before- wait till you look into mental health and racism, just the same story again. Good to see a serious book with yarn!

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    1. Oh my goodness, I can imagine. Maybe I'll look for a read about it.

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  3. Yeah that book is intense and sobering. It's good to look at the big picture though and the ways in which our prison system doesn't punish everyone equally.

    I like the colors on your hot water bottle cover.

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  4. Beautiful hwb cover....my hwb is my best winter feet friend : ) another book to add to my list, thanks for sharing the info.

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Thanks for making me smile. =)