The Sun Magazine Interview with Michelle Alexander
Click here to read Arnie Cooper´s 2011 interview, "Throwing Away the Key" with Michelle Alexander for The Sun Magazine.
Arnie Cooper: In the preface to your book you say you wrote it for "people like me — the person I was ten years ago."
Michelle Alexander: Before I began my work on criminal-justice reform at the aclu, I believed a lot of our society's myths about drug use and crime in the black community. For example, I believed that people of color were more likely to sell drugs than whites. Not true. I believed that incarceration rates could be explained by crime rates. Not true. Only after years of working on these issues did my eyes open.