Break the Links

Slav­ery was not an aber­ra­tion of a new soci­ety, but was cen­tral to the shap­ing of the Unit­ed States. The estab­lish­ment of Jim Crow laws and lynch­ing con­tin­ued the degra­da­tion and vio­lence against African-Amer­i­cans that is cen­tral to our soci­ety. Then, as Michelle Alexan­der shows us in her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incar­cer­a­tion in the Era of Col­or­blind­ness, these links of oppres­sion held firm between Jim Crow and our mas­sive prison sys­tem, which locks up astound­ing num­bers of African-Amer­i­cans. In this poster, the auc­tion block, the hang­man’s noose, and prison bars are linked as they are in real­i­ty. We need to break those links.