Social Justice Book Club: The New Jim Crow Intro Check-In



Sorry guys, I know it’s been a couple of weeks. For those that don’t follow me on Twitter/Snapchat/any other social media, I’ve been packing and moving out of my old apartment to a temporary space for the month of August, so it’s been a tad overwhelming. I have finally moved out, I even managed to get a solid hour of reading last night, and generally in the groove of things. 

Shoutout to Kerry for the Social Justice Book Club alert, which was the push I needed to start posting again. Haven’t heard of the Social Justice Book Club? You should check it out, the picks so far have been solid. You can also use the hashtag #SJBookClub to participate and follow the discussion across social media. 

Oh by the way, here’s what we’re reading this month:


Kerry is a wonderful host and has incorporated so many great suggestions from members, and I for one am very excited for the new format. I do well with check-ins and deadlines, so I will definitely be incorporating the reading schedule.

Here’s the first one:

1. Where do you plan on discussing this book the most? Feel free to share links to your blog, social media channels, snap handles, etc. 

I’ll be chatting about the book on primarily twitter (@TheShrinkette), Snapchat (jananivaidya) and Instagram (@theshrinkette). Here on the blog, I will be do a mid-month update and a final wrap-up for sure.

2. Why did you decide to join in on the reading and/or discussion of this book?

Social justice advocacy and allyship are both things I highly value and that are relevant to my life, so what better way to educate myself than join a book club that focuses on social justice? My knowledge of race relations, social justice, and police brutality is woefully thin, largely because I haven’t lived in the US all my life. Also, given the events of the last two years at least, I am consciously reading and studying it more in order to be a better ally. This book definitely makes the cut. 

3. In the very first line of the introduction to the book, Michelle Alexander writes, “This book is not for everyone.” What do you make of that as a entree into The New Jim Crow

Considering the subject matter of the book, I think that is the most honest warning the author could give a reader. I don’t know if I’m looking to have my mind changed, but I’m definitely looking for a way to make sense of the history of this country and its systems and what things look like from the perspective of folks who are not shielded by the privilege of being white/able/cis/het-norm. 

4. What, if anything, are you most looking forward to about this book?

I am looking for a cohesive way to breakdown and disseminate how the systems in place are such that the odds are heavily stacked against people of color, and how they are compounded for people that fall in the intersectional bracket. I hope this book gives me solid facts to make the argument in order to educate more people that do enjoy the privilege of being white/able/cishet, because allyship is so crucial. 

That’s the first check-in y’all. I hope you guys will join me in reading this book. Seriously, no time like the present.

If you’ve already read this, what were your thoughts? What did you gain from reading this book?




Author: Janani @ The Shrinkette

Speed reading aficionado. Unapologetic book pusher. Point me to the nearest bookshelf. My blog is dedicated exclusively to supporting and promoting marginalized voices. Pronouns: They/them

9 thoughts on “Social Justice Book Club: The New Jim Crow Intro Check-In”

  1. I read this one a couple years back and really enjoyed it (note that “enjoyed” also means “was infuriated/saddened/invigorated by”). I really like that Kerry is incorporating discussion questions into the mix this go-around. I hope you get a lot of out of it too, and I’ll be looking out for your tweets and snaps!

    And I hear you SO HARD on the moving thing. I’m currently sitting on the floor of my studio surrounded by boxes and miscellaneous crap. It is so disorienting and stressful, and I hope you land somewhere more permanent soon. What’s your plan after August?


    1. Oh, good luck to you for your move! It really sucks that there’s no shortcut to make moving any less stressful. Sending you all the good vibes. As of now I’m flying back home to Muscat at the end of the month and continuing my job-hunt. Hopefully something pans out soon enough.


  2. “I hope this book gives me solid facts to make the argument in order to educate more people that do enjoy the privilege of being white/able/cishet, because allyship is so crucial.” THIS. THIS THIS THIS THIS THIS.

    I’m so glad you’re in this little club with me. I’m terrified/anxious/excited/eager to see what Alexander can teach us all. I sense there will be MUCH UNDERLINING.

    (Also, hope all is going well with moving madness, because moving sucks.)

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    1. I’m so glad you started this club- if this election season is any indication, this club is the so relevant and so necessary. LET THE HIGHLIGHTING COMMENCE.



    My library has been horribly stubborn about getting a copy of this book to me, so I may end up verrrrry slightly behind on this readalong. I’m hoping I’ll still be able to recover and join y’all later on in the month though!

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    1. You are FAST. Lack of reading time directly correlates with my anxiety levels, so I’m so relieved to finally have reading time to give the attention this book deserves. Also, you’re a monster reader and you’ll have no trouble catching up to the rest of us.


    2. I have absolutely no doubt that you will catch up and be an A+ book club participant just as soon as your library cooperates. I am groveling before the gods of library holds, whosoever they may be, in hope of your getting this book sooner than later!

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