Silicon Valley Sociological Review


Madison Hoffman


Modern American society is plagued with the features of the New Jim Crow era, a term first coined by Michelle Alexander. The news of innocent and unarmed Black Americans being killed by police officers is almost regarded as commonplace. The mass incarceration of Black Americans continues to be wrongly justified and disregarded. This New Jim Crow era is characterized by the increased suspicion, policing, and incarceration of Black Americans. This article aims to build off Alexander's term to identify the role of surveillance and advancing surveillance technologies like police-worn body cameras, facial recognition, and social media surveillance on the increasing criminalization of Black Americans.