The Sun Magazine Interview with Michelle Alexander

Subject: Michelle Alexander Interview
Themes: Civil Rights 21st Century Prison Pipeline
Age groups: High School
Resource type: Articles

Click here to read Arnie Cooper´s 2011 interview, "Throwing Away the Key" with Michelle Alexander for The Sun Magazine.

Arnie Cooper: In the preface to your book you say you wrote it for "people like me — the person I was ten years ago."

Michelle Alexander: Before I began my work on criminal-justice reform at the aclu, I believed a lot of our society's myths about drug use and crime in the black community. For example, I believed that people of color were more likely to sell drugs than whites. Not true. I believed that incarceration rates could be explained by crime rates. Not true. Only after years of working on these issues did my eyes open.

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