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by Michelle Alexander
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The most potent words I read this past year weren’t art. They were more like a truth-seeking missile, one that seethed with indignant if wholly justified outrage.
Thanks in large part to the drug war, more than 2 million people, disproportionate numbers of them black and Hispanic, are locked up in America’s prisons, giving us an incarceration rate of 750 per 100,000 people, higher than in Russia, China or Iran.