How Did We Get Here?

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Abstract

This month, Sarah Nayeem, an academic outpatient child and adolescent psychiatrist, based in Columbus, Ohio, reviews Michelle Alexander's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Alexander is a lawyer and legal scholar whose research features prominently in Ava DuVernay's documentary 13th. The central thesis of “New Jim Crow,” published in a 10th anniversary edition this year, is that Americans must “reckon with the recurring cycles of racial reform, retrenchment and rebirth of caste-like systems that have defined our racial history since slavery.”2 From Nayeem's perspective, Alexander's book is a powerful antiamnestic. It is a book with research that not only validates the lived experience of many but that also jars awake those who, like the dissociated driver arriving at a destination reflecting about the journey (“How did I get here?”), may have found themselves arriving at 2020 and the murder of George Floyd wondering, “How did we get here?”

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1089
Number of pages1
JournalJournal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Volume59
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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