There are self-report studies as well, that suggest lower levels of black overrepresentation in criminal offense appear to be too involved in serious crimes. Most data comes from a wide variety of the general population. According to NACCP, 5 percent of the world’s population are in the Unites States and has 25 percent of world prisoners. That is, 1 in every 31 adults are in prison, jail, or on probation. The NACCP shares statistical data on race and incarceration.
The presence of this hidden practice of the police is also prevalent in African American communities and has shaped African Americans’ perception of the police. One quote that explains the temperament of African Americans towards the police is, “One of the most reliable findings in research on attitudes toward police is that citizen distrust is more widespread among African-Americans than whites” (Brunson 2007:73). “African Americans have had to deal with aggressive policing associated with racial profiling and other direct experiences with racial discrimination that lead to lasting adverse effects on individual perceptions of the police. For example, in predominantly black neighborhoods they are always pat down for drugs no matter where they go” (Brunson 2007:76). “If they see us every five
One of the biggest controversies in society today is concerning whether or not the criminal justice system is racially bias. It is clear that blacks are overrepresented in America’s prison system. For example, they are incarcerated at nearly six times the rate of white people and “constitute for nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population” (Criminal Justice). Although this is true, the disproportionate number of black men serving time in the criminal justice system is due to circumstance, not necessarily race. While there are some judges, police officers, or other officials who may have a racial bias towards black people, in the majority of cases blacks are not arrested because their race, they are arrested because they
We live in a society where ethnic minorities are target for every minimal action and/or crimes, which is a cause to be sentenced up to 50 years in jail. African Americans and Latinos are the ethnic minorities with highest policing crimes. In chapter two of Michelle Alexander’s book, The Lockdown, we are exposed to the different “crimes” that affects African American and Latino minorities. The criminal justice system is a topic discussed in this chapter that argues the inequality that people of color as well as other Americans are exposed to not knowing their rights. Incarceration rates, unreasonable suspicions, and pre-texts used by officers are things that play a huge role in encountering the criminal justice system, which affects the way
But these actions clearly have profound negative impacts in their overall development and later part of life rather than the short-term positive impacts. Cooper correctly analyses “What [corporal punishment] might do is curtail creativity, inculcate a narrative about ‘acceptable’ forms of violence enacted against black bodies, and breed fear and resentment between parents and children that far outlasts childhood”. And Coates shows that despite practices of harsh punishment, the majority of African American people are still losing their life due to police brutalities, drugs, HIV and other different things. He talks about the girl whom he loved and who taught him that love can be “soft”. Coates later realizes that corporal punishment by loving-but-hard parents can be replaced by the revelation that “love could be soft and understanding”.
According to the book Elder Mistreatment, Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation in an Aging America, the writer says, “Neglect and financial abuse is most common types of elder mistreatment in African American communities (Griffin, 1994).” In the black community, many black children and single parents are in poverty depending on their elderly parent’s income to survive. This is a social learning condition passed on down from generation to generation. The plantation owners (whites) have taken advantage of the hardworking slaves by paying them little money for hard labor and punishing them if they didn’t follow the rules given by the owner. The slaves were mistreated.
According to FBI director James Comey, officers in our nation cities sometimes work in an environment where most crimes are committed by young black, after time this causes them to see a young and associate him with crime when they would not do the same for a similar young white man (para.23). It causes young black men to be targeted by the police and incarcerated disproportionate amounts compared to the overall population in the U.S. In a study done by the Bureau of Justice Statistics(2008) it showed that black males over 18 account for 36% of the prison population and five percent of the college population(p.17). In cities where most crime is done by young black males they are likely to be racially profiled and stopped by
This is evidence that African American communities are more inclined to have drug dealers and possible drug users. “However, drug selling activity does not accurately indicate that drug use and dependency are in certain neighborhoods and this fuels a strong misperception about patterns of drug abuse in American society” (King., Mauer, p.21, 2007). Therefore, the targeting towards African American community’s primarily due to this data may not be accurate. This also causes law enforcement to ignore other communities that might be heavily influenced by drug dealers. This is one practice that needs to change, not only throughout drug policies and sentencing laws but throughout the
isn’t the only thing people believe needs to change; the reasons for arrests have been criticized by many. America incarcerates more citizens for drug related crimes than any other place in the world. Of the roughly 200,000 in federal prison, 52% are being held for drug crimes and only 8% are for violent crimes, such as: murder, assault, and robbery (Waldman, 2013). Many believe that the “War on Drugs” must become less aggressive because of its large contribution to the prison population. The distribution of prisoners by race has also raised concern among Americans.
“It seems more likely that the public’s distrust of the police in high-crime areas is driven more by crime than by police practices” (Sherman 10). Much of the abuse is coming from victims and criminals as being racist. As in a black officer towards white citizens or vice versa. The police brutality can something be the misconduct that occurs behind the scenes that we do not always see. It is believed “… that police are under great pressure to act quickly, especially when the murder victim is white, prominent, a child or a police officer
Instead the police often challenge black people for walking or driving. This leaves the communities frightened of police rather than feeling supported. In society today, the fear and violence in which the author lived when growing up in Baltimore still continue on. The growing media coverage of police brutality and racial injustice in the United States can be described as “An Event”. Because of all these issues taking place, many in society are becoming psychologically impacted never forgetting the events they have experienced.
The article “Do American cops have a race problem? Or a class problem?” written by Damon Linker in 2015, identifies why there seems to be a high number of African Americans being fatally shot. In just over seven months over 500 people have been killed at the hands of the police. To put all this into context in the United Kingdom the police have killed 52 people since the year 1900. The U.K. is not drastically less prone to violent crimes, however it is a much smaller country.
Though the “complete confidence” stigma exists around the system, there are still a wide variety of errors that occur. Racial discrimination represented in early research shows the primary reason for error in conviction for capital cases (Harmon, 2004). Between 1900 and 1985, more than 350 wrongfully convicted individuals were sentenced and of these, 23 were wrongfully executed. Forty-three percent of the 350 defendants were African American’s which is suggestive evidence to support that race can increase the likelihood of conviction (Harmon, 2004).
Black Lives Matter is a social movement that has attracted many civilans in the United states. The purpose of the movement is to inform people about police brutality against black people. The movement wants people to be aware of the injustice being done to black people by law inforcement and goverment officals. Many people are taking this into consideration becuse African Americans have been mistreaded in the past and still are in present day.