Minnesota county's first black commissioner takes oath using 'The New Jim Crow'

TheHill | 1/8/2019 | Aris Folley
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The first African-American elected to serve as a commissioner for Hennepin County, Minnesota, was sworn in using a copy of the “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,” by Michelle Alexander, a best-selling book that examines how mass incarceration has devastated the black community.

According to The Minneapolis Star Tribune, Angela Conley is the first African-American to serve as commissioner in the county’s 166-year history. In representing the county’s fourth district, Conley will be representing parts of Minneapolis, it added.

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Conley was reportedly sworn in on Monday by retired Hennepin County District Judge Pamela Alexander, who became the first African-American judge in the county nearly four decades ago.

Conley reportedly cited her own...
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