As modern black American history goes, this week qualifies as a hot one. Just this morning there were already two things to rejoice about. Attorney General Eric Holder announced real steps to shorten the drug sentences that so many people — a disproportionate number of them black — suffer from. “Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for no good law-enforcement reason,” Holder told us.
That is an eternal complaint from black advocates nationwide. It isn’t for nothing that Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, on just this subject, won the NAACP Image Award in 2011. And here, our attorney general is behind just what the book decries, even calling for more money for drug-treatment programs.