“Black youth are ten times more likely than white youth to be arrested for drug crimes” according to the ISR (International Socialist Review). As you can see African Americans were at a disadvantage, even if they weren’t doing anything wrong, they were more likely to get stopped by a cop over any other race. Even in today’s society, we see a repeated act of unfairness, especially towards ethnic cultures. Though officers no in their mind its not right, they continue to abuse their
News is only giving a few stories on this brutality subject if there are over 1,000 people who lose their lives each year in the hands of an officer, that 's at least 3 stories a day that should be brought to people 's attention. But instead it is seen as an everyday scene that a white officer kills or murders a black man. But stories of a black officer killing a young Caucasian teen are very rare. In fact, it is said most whites remained unaware of the brutality until about the mid-1960s,in large part because larger city newspapers who readerships were primarily white and did not consider it “newsworthy”. In contrast, incidences of police brutality were covered by black press from the early 20th century, frequently in front page articles.
The film shows Sagrario Cruz Carretero, professor in the University of Veracruz, talk about how she discovered that she actually has African roots since her family rejected their roots. She says, “families do hide the black grandma in the closet”, Mexicans deny their black ancestry. Mexicans who cannot hide their “black grandma in the closet” and openly identify as being black, are targets of discrimination. Both the film and the documentary talk about how Afro-Mexicans are often mistaken for not actually being Mexican. The article says, “they are stopped routinely by the police and accused of being illegal immigrants from Cuba or Central America”, Afro-Mexicans are stopped simply for being black.
“The more things change, the more they remain the same”. While many Americans feel like the years of enslavement in the United States are a thing of the past. Most do not realize the harsh reality that minorities are faced with on a daily due to the color of their skin. It isn’t that the American people are turning their cheeks to this injustice, but rather, they just aren’t aware that in some cities and towns minorities are racially profiled and subjected to harsher punishments than those of their white counterparts. According to an article posted on American Progress, one in every fifteen African American men and one in every thirty-six Hispanic men are incarcerated in comparison to one in every one hundred and six white men.
It has come to my attention that not everyone is this world is receiving equality and getting justice. Over the last few years the numbers of innocent people especially African Americans being killed have risen dramatically. The whole Black Lives Matter issue started after George Zimmerman was found not guilty for the killing of Trevon martin. Once that situation took place everything started to go downhill and police brutality just kept getting worse towards the African race. If everyone would look at people the same instead of by the color of their skin they maybe things could go a lot smoother and innocent people would not be getting killed.
Justice is not colorblind. According to the Human Rights Watch, “people of color are no more likely to use or sell illegal drugs than whites, but they have higher rate of arrests.” (Human Rights Watch) According to data found by the Department of Education, “96,000 students were arrested and 242,000 referred to law enforcement by schools during the 2009-10 school year.” (Washington Post). “Of those students, black and Hispanic students made up more than 70 percent.” (Washington Post) The deaths of Freddie Gray, Trayvon Martin and John Brown and the outrage these cases stirred, proves that racism does exist in the criminal justice system. Therefore, to prevent racial disparity in the criminal justice system it is crucial that America steps up in changing the way that officers respond to a victim of another race, reducing discriminatory mindsets, and lessening the victimizing that is set on these other groups of people.
This statistic could steam from since 1980 to present the prison system has quadrupled in population from a half of million people to roughly 2.5 million people(NAACP,2015). Some would say that this is the reason for the downward trend of violent crimes in America, Because more of the people are locked up and not on the streets in order to commit crimes. Which may be the case, but the question still remains why is the statics of race in the prison system still a overwhelmingly different. For Example African Americans are locked up 6 times more than white offenders, As of 2008 the prison system is predominantly (58%) made up of African Americans and Latinos (NAACP,2015). From these statistics, it could possibly be assumed that the socioeconomic status from where a person is from could lead to a answer as to why this is happening all over
While a large percentage of incarcerations are of guilty parties, according to a study in C. Ronald Huff’s book, Convicted But Innocent: Wrongful Conviction and Public Policy, approximately 100,000 innocent people are convicted every year. Huff predicts that this number is in fact lower than the true number, due to the
The War on Drugs and Mass Incarceration The United States incarcerates at a higher rate than any other country in the world. In fact, the U.S. alone is home to 25% of the world’s prison population; this, however, wasn’t always the case. The rapid growth of the U.S. prison population can be traced two decades back to the declaration of the War on Drugs by President Ronald Regan in the early eighties and previously mentioned by President Richard Nixon. In an effort to reassure White Americans’ of their elite positioning in the underlying racial caste system in a time where inner-city communities were facing major economic collapses, the Regan administration called for the reinforcement of the sale, distribution, and consumption of illicit drugs,
In “Is racism on the rise?” by Catherine E. Shoichet, CNN, talking about racism is still growing in the U.S and so far is not getting better. The U.S. has a high percentage of people saying that there is still racism and some have personally felt like they were being discriminated for how they look. The author states this by saying, “...roughly half of Americans-- 49% -- say racism is “a big problem” in society today.” From this that means that almost half of people in the U.S. are noticing the problem that is not getting better. In the past two decades the percent of people that say racism is an extensive problem has raised from 41% to 49%. In conclusion, Longtown has showed us that diversity isn’t a bad thing, and judging a person who different than you isn’t doing you any good .
Jobs applications, Financial Aid, Public Housing, and food stamps applications often ask for citizen’s criminal records, stigmatizing those who came out of the system, robbing them of opportunities. It’s very hard to find employment, convicts are all treated the same regardless of crime. In The New Jim Crow, the author talks about how young blacks are more likely to go to jail than college due to the system of incarceration. In fact, she cites a source that explains that in 2001, there were more blacks in the Illinois state prison, then there were in the state’s public universities, on drug charges alone. So forty years after the drug war was first declared, it still goes on, normalized by the commentary in media, and stereotypes assigned to those who serve time in correctional facilities.
The criminal justice system is supposed to be fair and is there to keep us safe, but due to all the evidences it is true that the criminal- justice system do discriminate against African-Americans. As stated in DoSomething.org, in 2010, African-Americans receives 10% longer sentences than whites, through the federal system with the same crimes. This shows that discrimination and bias is surprisingly circulating through the criminal-justice system, which proves that racial discrimination against African-Americans are well alive. Although this might not affect all African Americans, the majority is treated unfairly. In the same way, as reported by Dosomething.org, 80% of New York Police Department stops were blacks, 85% of those blacks were searched, but when whites were stopped 8% were searched!