Your letters, June 18
06/17/2014 12:00 AM
02/15/2015 11:26 AM
Compelled to write
I read the piece on “American apartheid” (DN, May 25, bit.ly/1kMsFEe) and felt compelled to respond to it immediately. Though I have never responded to anything written in the newspaper before, the article exposed conditions that must be shared if things are to ever change. I greatly appreciate Ms. Lynden Harris doing the work with the the prisoners and getting their stories out.
I recently read “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander. It examines in detail many of the ways the system is purposely designed to place minorities in prison and the criminal justice system.
As a black male growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a socio-economic environment that bred the conditions that made it easy to maintain the apartheid system she has written about, I am acutely aware of how destructive this pervasive this system has become in the U.S. Statistics indicate that our prison population will continue to grow at this alarming rate, but thanks to efforts of such as this perhaps they may one day slow down.
Editor's Choice Videos
Join the Discussion
News & Observer is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.