The Injustice System

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The Injustice System Americans loves to pride themselves on the freedoms, opportunities, and potential success that the United States offers. Unfortunately, Americans are also blinded with pride. The United States is no longer a beacon of hope. The huddled masses that yearn for freedom no longer flock to the United States to find that freedom; they are already living in America, facing incredible oppression. The United States has lost its way, and maybe even its mind. People love to say that racism is dead in America, that we have moved past the bigotry that was such a defining factor of mid-20th century America, but thats quite simply not the case. Racism, discrimination and general bigotry are still alive in the United States, thriving even,…show more content…
Minorities often receive a lower quality education that their white counterparts, live in environments not conducive to producing productive members of society, and are forced to endure unjust discrimination. The justice system has coined the phrase “innocent until proven guilty,” but a more accurate motto might be “Innocent unless not white”. There is no city that serves as a better example of how blacks are unfairly discriminated against that New York City. Since 2002, New York City has had a Stop-and-Frisk policy in place allowing police to stop any citizen on the street and search them for illegal contraband The justification for the policy is highly questionable, and the statistics on the policy prove that it has discriminatory motives. The Stop-and-Frisk street interrogations have proven to be wildly inefficient with “nearly nine out of 10” of the “more than 5 million” New Yorkers who have been stopped having been “completely innocent” (“Stop-and-Frisk” 1). Statistically the policy has been a failure, so the continuation of the policy reinforces the idea that the motives behind the policy are bigoted in nature. Every year since the implementation of Stop-and-Frisk, blacks and latinos have combined to account for at least 80% of those who are stopped by the police (“Stop-and-Frisk” 1-2). After evaluating the…show more content…
The wealthy elites in the country have a plethora of opportunities that are not available to the rest of the populace. The rich have access to better education, incredible standards of living, and, most importantly, political power and influence. They say money cannot buy happiness, but in America, it can buy something just as empowering: freedom. Take, for example, Ethan Couch. On june 15, 2013, Ethan and friends committed a series of crimes that would ultimately result in the deaths of four people. After stealing a case of beer from a local Wal-Mart, Ethan, along with 7 friends, sped down a rural Texas road and crashed into a broken down vehicle on the side of the road killing four people attending to the broken down vehicle. Hours after the crash Ethan’s Blood alcohol content was 0.24, or “three times the legal limit even for an adult” (Flatow, Legum 1). The actions of Ethan Couch are inexcusable, that is, unless one is in a court of law. For the crimes of killing four people while exceeding the adult legal alcohol limit as a minor, Ethan was “sentenced to 10 years probation and no jail time” instead of being sentenced to prison, Couch was instead sent to a “long-term, inpatient rehabilitation center in Southern California, after his father agreed to pay the $450,000-per-year bill” (Flatow, Legum 1). How could such a violent crime that was described by the Tarrant County Sheriff as being “the most difficult
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