However, when you look at the population density and how many people there actually are of each race in the United States African American people are disproportionately represented on death row. Rutz terrain also states it is more likely for a jury to convict and sentence to death a black man over a white man and it is more likely that the prosecuting attorney will ask for a death penalty verdict if the defendant is black. She also states the even more so alarming matter, of the death penalty is upheld in predominantly white Counties and sought after by all white court systems. The jurisdictions with the highest percentages of minorities on its death row are U.S. Military,
Racial profiling is a very important issue that individuals in society face every day. This problem occurs in low income or poverty-stricken areas throughout cities and communities across the nation. Hundreds of anecdotal testimonials allege that law enforcement officials at all levels of government are infringing upon the constitutional rights and civil liberties of racial and ethnic minorities through a practice called “racial profiling” (Ward, 2002). So what is racial profiling? According to the National Institute of Justice, racial profiling by law enforcement is commonly defined as a practice that targets people for suspicion of crime based on their race, ethnicity, religion or national origin (National Institute of Justice, 2013).
African Americans should not have to be scared to go outside any day thinking they might not make it home. African Americans feel targeted in today’s society because so many innocent African Americans are being incarcerated, shot, and killed. Since 2001, it is 6.1 times likelier to be incarcerated as a black man than a white man. This is all because of skin color. Black Lives Matter (BLM) was a group created to raise awareness for the heinous acts the have presented itself to the black community
Langston Hughes was one of the millions of Black American who faced systemic injustice simply because of their skin color. A choice that no human can make for themselves. This inequality affected Black Americans like Langston Hughes as early as birth. Several laws supported inequality and segregation. Hughes was often fueled by the injustice he faced.
Anxieties of those who fear black liberation. Filled with fears about race, retaliation, reparations and revenge. Criminality and blackness became intertwined and stop and frisk was one of the best indicators of racial criminal profiling. Black people were disproportionately targeted and about 17x more likely to be stopped. It was a confirmation that white people associated crime with black people.
Envision living in a society where innocent people are murdered simply because of a difference in their skin color. Throughout much of America’s history, many African-American’s living in southern United States faced such threats to their lives. However, it was not the actions of the individual that served to endanger the lives of African-Americans in the south but rather the actions of a group of people with similar ideas. The Ku Klux Klan group was the most infamous of all groups. The Ku Klux Klan, also abbreviated as the “KKK”, was contributed to a long lasting racism of Blacks in America that even continues on till this day.
who are known for their outfit. The second type is violent racism. This type of racism is when one races stats attacking another because they think they are better than them. For example, when the whites in South African believed they were superior to the blacks and started the apartheid era. When Nelson Mandela and the ANC tried to put a stop to it the government responded violently and killed over 60 people from the ANC organization and some people that supported the ANC.
In some cases, police harassment simply meant people of African descent were more likely to be stopped and questioned by the police, while at the other extreme, they have suffered beatings, and even murder, at the hands of White police. Questions still arise today about the disproportionately high numbers of people of African descent killed, beaten, and arrested by police in major urban cities of America. Since the mid-1900s the words law enforcement and policing have been used interchangeably. In order to understand the present, one must understand the past relationships between law-enforcement and African-Americans. The Webster’s Unabridged Deluxe defines black as of the darkest color; opposite of white ; a Negro; dirty; evil; wicked; without hope.
Racism is an extreme belief in people’s mind, a horrible belief that one’s race, skin color, or more generally, one’s group, because of religion, nationality or ethnic identity, is superior to those of others in nature. It also can be seen as a extremely prejudice among people’s mind. There is a very will-known tragedy in the history warred by the idea of racism, which is the massacre of Jewish during World War II. Their evil dictator, Hilter, ordered the army to kill off all the religions except of Christs, especially to Jewish. Over 60 million people have been killed, which is about 3% of 1974 world population.
Like many other problems, Racism has existed throughout the history of mankind. The definition of Racism is being discriminant and disrespectful towards a racial group with the belief that your own race is superior. Racism has changed the world and how people view each other. This belief that ones race is superior has lead to create violence, stereotypes, health problems and hatred in the world. White Americans’ support for segregation sprang from a widespread belief in black inferiority and that blacks’ disadvantaged status tended to reinforce this sentiment (Harris and Leiberman).
Because of all these issues taking place, many in society are becoming psychologically impacted never forgetting the events they have experienced. For example, current state-citizen tensions surrounding police killings of unarmed black youth and the failure to hold officers responsible for unlawful actions has roots in centuries of sanctioned violence against black bodies. Coates stated, “In America, it is traditional to destroy the black body—it is heritage” (Coates, 103). His searing recitation of Prince Jones’s death supports the claim. In Baltimore, Ferguson, and across the US, white police officers consistently are implicated and often exonerated in cases of racial violence against young blacks.
Scottsboro Boys PB’s American Experience has impacted the view of racism towards blacks immensely. This event was a very prominent turning point in American history. The Scottsboro boys case has been one of the largest cases involving a black man (men) and a white women in the case of rape. This event has affected how people are judged now including taking age into consideration, not getting the facts correct, and the fact that black’s used to be very unfairly treated just because of the color of their skin. Laws, punishments, and law enforcement have changed very much since the 1930’s.
This year alone, in Chicago almost 80 percent of the people killed have been black. In Baltimore the figure is 216 black people versus 11 white, in Philadelphia 200 black people versus 44 white. Although it’s troublesome that most are killed by other black people, it is disturbing to think that the innocent blacks are killed by armed officers, especially the white officers. The “Black Lives Matter” (BLM) movement is taking actions to campaign against violence toward black people. Founder Alicia Garza said BLM is recognizing that “Black people are deprived of our basic human rights and dignity.
The right to higher education was taken away, public facilities were banned, African Americans were killed and tortured by groups such as the Ku Klux Klan. The Ku Klux Klan were a group that believed in white supremacy, white nationalism, anti-immigration, anti-Catholicism and anti-Semitism. Also, unemployment was rising for black people and they were separated from society. All these inequalities lead to leader such as Malcom X taking a stand against racism and discrimination. Malcolm X was an African-American leader and human rights activist.
This led to many false accusations towards black people. The south was especially notorious for lynching blacks. About eighty-three percent of people lynched were black. In 1922, "The Dyer Anti-Lynching Bill" was an effort to stop lynching altogether in the United States. The people behind this bill were obviously not okay with lynching, and saw it as an unlawful and immoral thing to do to another human being.