01:790:340 Lecture Notes - Lecture 11: Ferguson, Missouri
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Crime, Privilege, and “Racial Bribes”
I. Review and Preview
A. The core claims and key evidence in Alexander’s argument.
B. Some basic avenues of push-back or counter-argument.
C. Degree to which racial minorities might have supported more-aggressive policing—at
least back in the day.
Cause of mass incarceration
D. Degree to which the War on Drugs is really driving mass incarceration.
E. Today: How to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the argument—think about
where we should go from here.
F. Next Time: Will talk about lawyers and the legal profession, and a thematic review of
the course so far for the sake of midterm review.
II. Talking about New Jim Crow
A.What did you find most persuasive?
Ways our era is like Jim Crow
B. What did you find least persuasive?
Ways it is not like Jim Crow
Facts that are persuasive don’t necessarily apply to us now as they did back then
Racism back then was more explicit and now it is more implicit
oActual laws segregating colored people
C. Your professor isn’t completely persuaded by the story about historical causes and
D. More persuaded that the U.S. criminal justice system, as it current exists, reinforces
certain kinds of privilege.
E. Repeat the question I asked about the old Jim Crow: who ultimately benefits?
Who benefitted currently?- incarnation system; judicial; police
F. Interest-group politics and prisons.
G. More than 500,000 “stop-and-frisks” in NYC in 2012.
Main purpose of this is to look for people publically carrying drugs or weapons
H. 89 percent of those stops turned up nothing.
I. 55 percent of those stopped were black, 32 percent Latino, 10 percent white.
J. Spatial segregation of these actions even more dramatic than the racial disparities.
K.Crime rates and the “investment-backed expectations” of stakeholders.
Crime rates decrease; properties increased
L. The uses and potential misuses of “incapacitation.”
III. Audience and Argument
A.What does affirmative action have to do with criminal justice?
B. Audience: Person or group that an author is most interested in reaching or persuading.
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