In fall 2014 I was apart of the course Hip Hop and Incarceration at Pitzer taught by Anthony Francoso. In this class we used Michelle Alexander’s novel, “The New Jim Crow” as a framework for much of our class discussions as well as a method of looking at the prison industrial complex. Part of the course was going inside Norco state prison and having class with some of the men there. While being inside the prison I was able to see how true Michelle Alexander’s words are. Much of why I am taking this course is because I was to continue to work with neglected communities as well as try to illustrate and teach other people about the way the United States prison system truly functions. I think its amazing that Ted included Michelle Alexander in their talks because due to their popularity I think what she discusses can reach more people who perhaps might have not previously thought much of mass incarceration.