Last week, UVA students had the privilege of hearing Michelle Alexander speak about our current political climate and how to inspire change within polarized communities. The popular author, who wrote the highly acclaimed The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, addressed issues specific to the Charlottesville community, especially in response to the events of August 11th and 12th. Additionally, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax offered insight into the political actions currently in place to combat injustice and inequality both in the Charlottesville community and, more broadly, throughout the state.
Alexander’s words inspired her audience to work tirelessly to enact real, lasting change when faced with injustice. Additionally, she spoke on the root causes of social inequality and essentiality of activism, asserting that a society’s “failure to acknowledge one human rights violation in its infancy gives rise to others.”
Michelle Alexander’s insight into current issues plaguing our nation and specific intricacies of issues facing the Charlottesville community provided her audience with a united sense of hope for the future, inciting attitudes of activism that will, hopefully, lead to lasting change in the future.
Want to watch Alexander’s whole conversation? Here’s the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjeii6Gq_lM