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5/10/11: The New Jim Crow

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By Doug Fabrizio

Salt Lake City, Utah – Some hailed Barack Obama's election as a racial turning point for our nation, but today nearly half of young black men are behind bars or are trying to rebuild their lives with the label "felon." That means they face employment and housing discrimination and are even denied the right to vote. Legal scholar Michelle Alexander says we haven't ended the racial caste system, we've simply redesigned it around the legal system. Tuesday, she joins Doug to discuss what she calls "The New Jim Crow."

Learn more about race and the justice system from Darryl Hunt, a man who spent 18 years in prison for a crime he didn't commit. He's the founder of The Darryl Hunt Project for Freedom and Justice.

  • Darryl Hunt will give a free talk at the Calvary Baptist Church in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. For details, click here
  • Hunt will also be the keynote speaker at the ACLU of Utah's 2011 Bill of Rights Celebration, Wednesday, May 11 at 6:00 p.m. The event is a fundraiser for the ACLU, and tickets are available here

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