Your letters, June 18

June 17, 2014 

Compelled to write

I read the piece on “American apartheid” (DN, May 25, bit.ly/1kMsFEe) and felt compelled to respond to it immediately. Though I have never responded to anything written in the newspaper before, the article exposed conditions that must be shared if things are to ever change. I greatly appreciate Ms. Lynden Harris doing the work with the the prisoners and getting their stories out.

I recently read “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander. It examines in detail many of the ways the system is purposely designed to place minorities in prison and the criminal justice system.

As a black male growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, in a socio-economic environment that bred the conditions that made it easy to maintain the apartheid system she has written about, I am acutely aware of how destructive this pervasive this system has become in the U.S. Statistics indicate that our prison population will continue to grow at this alarming rate, but thanks to efforts of such as this perhaps they may one day slow down.

Martin Terrell

Chapel Hill

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