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Racism, Poverty and American Punishment

In 1856, Universalist minister George Washington Quimby published a book entitled The Gallows, the Prison and the Poor House.  Quimby argued that American criminal justice unfairly harmed the poor in favor of those who are better off.

Last year, Michelle Alexander published The New Jim Crow:  Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. A legal scholar, Alexander explains racial inequities and racist patterns of criminal justice in the U. S.   Around the country, members in UU congregations will be reading this book together next month. It is our “Unitarian Universalist Common Read” for October.  Find out more at this link.

If you are in our congregation, or in our area, let me know if you’d be interested and willing to come to a class at church to discuss it.


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