A new book club starting in Palo Alto seeks to bring readers one step closer to understanding what it's like to be in another's skin.
The book club, which aims to improve local interracial understanding, is kicking off on Saturday, Oct. 10, with the reading and discussion of "The New Jim Crow Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness."
The New York Times best-selling novel by civil rights litigator and scholar Michelle Alexander is an exposé of how mass imprisonment in the United States has created a racial caste system, according to reviewers.
The book shows how through each generation new tactics have evolved to exclude African-Americans especially men from participating in American democracy.
Mass incarceration is a direct descendant of earlier forms of social oppression that has "emerged as a stunningly comprehensive and well-disguised system of racialized social control that functions in a manner strikingly similar to Jim Crow," Alexander wrote.
A reading and discussion of "The New Jim Crow" will take place on Saturday and Nov. 14 at 10 a.m. at University AME Zion Church, 3549 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto. The book club is open to everyone and it will feature additional books and discussions in the coming months.