The racial disparity can be accounted for through the mass incarceration of black offenders in terms of sentencing with mention of a racial caste in place, not allowing those of color to move from their position. As such, mass incarceration has led to prisons being filled with an overpopulation of those who are black than any other race. Interesting enough, it has been proven through surveys that those who are white are more likely to engage in drug crime rather than those who are black. I found this to be an interesting point to discuss as it raises the question as to just why are more people of color incarcerated at a growing rate than
“Racial Profiling” In recent years racial profile has been the buzz word. So what is racial profiling? Racial profiling is using the race of an individual or ethnicity by law enforcement as factor in the decision whether to engage in the enforcement of the law. The allegations are cops are targeting minorities, seemingly people of Africa decent more than any other race. I have been accused of racism many times in the past with little to no provocation.
The harsher penalties for crack cocaine offenses were supported by most of the Congressional Black Caucus, including New York Representatives Major Owens of Brooklyn and Charles Rangel of Harlem, who at the time headed the House Select Committee on Narcotics Abuse and Control (Brooks, 2003). Crack was destroying black communities, and many black political leaders wanted dealers to face longer sentences. Some suggest that the crack–powder distinction was enacted partly because of conscious or unconscious racism. But it is noteworthy that none of the black members of Congress made that claim at the time the bill was initially discussed. The absence of any complaint by black members of Congress that the crack–powder differential was racially unfair speaks volumes.
However, Michelle Alexander disproves in “The New Jim Crow” that blacks commit more crimes than whites, the drug usage rates are the same between both races, propaganda has influenced the way mainstream society views blacks and that the “War on Drugs” and the “Get Tough on Crime” was policies targeted towards inner cities and people of color with the intent to enslave them in the criminal justice system by giving them felonies in which people of color are disenfranchise by society. The author calls this a “Racial Caste System” because it discriminates like it never has before, since it allows anyone who is labeled a “felon” to be legally discriminated against with housing, education, employment and voting rights. Since many more people of color are made felons than white by mass incarceration, racial discrimination is a powerful as it was under slavery or under the post-slavery era of Jim Crow
In the 20s, the American government tried to enforce a ban on alcohol, but in the process, caused “the greatest crime wave in the country 's history, causing thousands of deaths from bad alcohol, and creating a general (and persisting) contempt among the citizenry for the laws of the United States.” Gore also uses logos when he writes that in 1969 the government slightly “curtailed” the supply of marijuana, and this led to kids getting hooked on more dangerous drugs like heroin, and overall increasing the number of deaths. He suggests that the government, and the crime organizations, benefits from making drugs illegal. That way, both sides are able to flip a profit. This also appeals to the audience’s opinion— many Americans distrust the government and have negative opinions about it. Overall, Gore Vidal’s argument of legalizing drugs is very compelling.
Also, 230 million people which is 5% of the world’s population has used an illicit drug according to a study in 2010 mentioned by Espinosa. We can see why drug trafficking is a great business globally. There was a drop however, in the consumption of cocaine in the United States that was mentioned in the study. This drop just led to the opening of new markets elsewhere causing cartel wars in Mexico. There are different kinds of strategies drug cartels use which are stationary or temporary.
Besides portraying the US in a bad light, legalization of marijuana for recreation increases the risk of developing mental problems, increases government expenditure on public health, jeopardizes the future of children, and is a gateway to other dangerous drugs. Increased health problems and public health expenditure- Marijuana is a public health issue because it poses direct and indirect cost to the society. Researchers say that marijuana harms extend beyond the person using it thereby increasing the societal cost of managing the drug (Isaacson). When marijuana is legalized, the society and taxpayer has to dig deep to pay for increased emergency room visits, addiction
Race should not matter being a black does not mean they are little adults, that is races. I would have thought the opposite of blacks given the history blacks are supposed to be "ignorant things" that do not know any better, while whites of any age were looked as little adults for being such a "superior race". Solitary confinement is torture causes mental breakdown at any age but more damage in minors. Once they are released their total mindset is destroyed and their whole childhood was taken away. I think there should be other ways to discipline young teens before sending them to jail or being charged as an
Over the world, an ever increasing number of individuals are asking, Why is cannabis illicit? Why are there individuals still sent to jail for utilising or offering it? The vast majority of us accept this is on account of somebody, some place sat down with the logical proof, and made sense of that cannabis is more hurtful than different medications we utilise all the time like liquor and cigarettes. It's related with unfashionable ways of life Marijuana is regularly thought of as a medication for flower children and failures. Since it's difficult to feel eager about the possibilities of empowering individuals to wind up hipsters and washouts, forcing criminal approvals for cannabis ownership works as a type of collective "intense love".