Leonard Pitts speaks the truth. I read what's beneath his by-line whenever I see it.
In an Op-Ed essay that appeared in The Dallas Morning News recently, Pitts "unpacks" Michelle Alexander's book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010).
Below you'll find a short sample of Pitt's analysis.
But, my experience in the city over the past 16 years confirms it.
Read the sample:
Leonard Pitts: Disturbing 'Jim Crow' book is a must read
According to federal figures, blacks and whites use drugs at a roughly equal rate in percentage terms. In terms of raw numbers, whites are far and away the biggest users – and dealers – of illegal drugs.
So why aren't cops kicking their doors in? Why aren't their sons pulled over a dozen times in nine months? Why are black men 12 times as likely to be jailed for drugs as white ones? Why aren't white communities robbed of their fathers, brothers, sons?
To read the entire Pitts essay click here.
To order Michelle Anderson's book go here.