Nevertheless, millions of African Americans still live mired in poverty, susceptible to poor living conditions in underserved inner cities. The War on Drugs, which began in the 1980s, is a leading cause of the high rate of incarceration among African Americans, especially males. Today, criminal gangs have spread throughout the country and into the prisons. The United States has the highest incarceration rate in the world, with over 1.6 million dwelling in prisons. Of this number, a fairly large amount are African Americans.
If it weren't for these prejudice thoughts, many people would be together united as one fighting to better one another. As Brent states in “Black Men and Public Space,” “the hatred he feels for blacks makes itself known to him through a variety of avenues - one being his discomfort with that ‘special brand of paranoid touchiness’ to which he says blacks are prone.” (514). Due to this fear of one another, it has brought much tension among many. This discrimination has been going on for many years and is what makes the United States divided. These many examples provided by Brent proved these exact points and showed the belitting of African Americans within Americas society.
Hard Data, Hollow Protests I highly disagree with majority of Mac Donald’s argument. Firstly, her inclination that officers “have more to fear from black men than black men have to fear” from the officers does not sit well with me. Although blacks may make up the highest percentage of cop-killers, blacks are more likely to be shot than whites. I suggest that since both facts are true to an extent, social culture and biases have become the driving force for both instances to play out as they are: Black men are more likely to kill cops, cops are more likely to kill black men. I believe that social injustice in the view of both sides cause them to view each other in this bias; therefore, both sides would instinctively commit these actions in a hostile situation, but claim them as self defense.
Young, African American and Latino males -especially if unemployed- are subject to particularly harsh sentencing compared to other offender populations. African American and Latino defendants are at an unfair disadvantage when compared to whites in regard to legal process. African American defendants convicted of harming white victims face harsher punishments than African Americans who commit crimes against other African Americans or white defendants who harm other whites
Initially, the idea of justice is affected by racial stereotypes and prejudice. In Monster, Steve is judged because of his race. As a young African American teenager, Steve is judged by typical social stereotypes that young black men are dangerous and most likely to commit crimes. Due to this negative stereotype, people are more likely to have bias against him and not pay as much attention to whether or not he is guilty. A supporting quote from the text reads, “[The jury] believed you were guilty the moment they laid eyes on you.
The message that Brent Staples is trying to convey to the audience in his essay Just Walk On By, is that as a society we have positive and negative preconceived thoughts of other people who are of either the same or different race and gender. For Staples, this means that as a tall black man he has to deal with being seen as deadly and threatening to people who don’t know him. These people let their fear of biased opinions of black men think that all tall, black, and athletic men are going to attack them. Brent uses his stories of people’s fear and judgement of him, to allow the reader to both understand what the people were feeling and how he felt being judged. Brent Staples’ persona helps the message through the use of strong diction.
The education children receive in predominantly black neighborhoods is often sub-par, with high dropout rates. Subsequently 65% of state inmates have not completed high school. Another major issue is job opportunities; in major cities with a high black population the ability to obtain and keep a decent paying job is difficult and therefore crime is one of the only solutions. More than 50% of inmates earned less than $10,000 a year, were unemployed, or part time (8E p. 17). The close correlation between black Americans and crime is explained as
Jem unlike the other Maycomb residents realizes the crudeness and unfairness of the case. Everyone knows that Atticus had given all factual evidence but Tom was guilty because he was black. In Today’s society the same goes. From the New York Times Article, “Blacks were also slightly more likely to be sentenced to prison than whites. When there was a misdemeanor drug offence, black defendants were 27 percent more likely than whites to get a plea offer that included incarceration.” This shows unfairness
In Brent Staples essay "Just Walk On By: Black Men and Public Space" Staples uses a lot of diction to puts emphasis on the tensions between the black and white races. It was very clear to point out and say that his target audience are the scared white women and people that get frightened when they see a person of color. Staples knows that there are good and bad black people but regardless of what he thinks of himself others will always look at him different. So to change their ideals he uses strong diction to get them to feel different. Staples believes white people see him as a "mugger" or a "rapist".
Discussion 8 My observation, regarding continuing racial inequality, would be the overwhelming population of African Americans in the prison I recently toured. I was standing alongside my Criminal Law professor, and we were both commenting about the racial disparity. No doubt, the men who are in prison have done something to be there, but are their crimes any less heinous than any other man arrested for the same offense, but given less time? Labels and selective perception plays a significant role in the placing of certain individuals in “boxes.” For consideration, law enforcement tend to respond to the higher crime areas which are the poorer neighborhoods. Would the higher population of African American males decrease in our prisons if the
This could have been any man, whether he was young, old, African American, or white. Men of all ages and races are equally as likely to be perceived as a threat to women. Some argue that race is the determining factor of whether one is likely to be perceived as a threat. Brent Staples, an African American author, argues this in the essay “Just Walk on By: A Black Man Ponders His Ability to Alter Public Space.” For example, he states that “Women are particularly vulnerable to street violence, and young black males are drastically overrepresented among the perpetrators
“Black Lives Matter” (BLM) is an international activist movement, originating in the African American community, that campaigns against violence toward black people”(Petersen-Smith,1). Over the years, since the black power struggle “Between 1970 and 2005, the prison population increased by a historically unprecedented 700 percent. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, roughly half of federal prisoners are incarcerated for drug offenses”(Petersen-Smith,3). This was due to inequality and police officers abusing their power. “Black youth are ten times more likely than white youth to be arrested for drug crimes” according to the ISR (International Socialist Review).
This paper is focus on the racial inequality of crime rate in the criminal justice system. Also, it argues the different treatment of black and white groups in the criminal justice system. Moreover, it shows the relationship of black males with crime rate. The black males face high crime rate than white males in the criminal justice system. However, in relation to police relations, the police stop black males more frequently than white males.
According to race: 22% of people are Latinos, 37% are African Americans, 39% are Caucasians, and 20% are Asians and Native Americans. According to this breakdown it is true more whites are in jail, however, African Americans have the highest percentage of minority rate. 2 What justification(s) for punishment does incarceration meet? There are four types of punishment. The most common type is retribution.
African Americans are often judged and treated harder based on their race. The reporter states early on in the article that he is conscious about black men because he was mugged by four teenage African American boys. If white men were to have mugged him would he be self conscious of white men? ABC did an experimental television show called “What Would You Do”. In this reality television show it proved that blacks received less medical attention, were treated harsher when they stole, and were more likely to be arrested for possession of drugs.