In her other book chapter 5 “Are Prisons Obsolete?” Angela Davis conveys the ideology of imposers using racism’s and prison labor for profit in advantage to the elites. She expresses her claim by including the data of black males
Opening- Society today are setting some kids up for the prison system and some other up other kids for the education system Talk about school and prison: Prison a place where most of us never want to go. It's a horrible place filled with criminals from the worst kind to the petty criminal's. School what can you say about school it's full of bullies, homework, annoying teachers, raging hormones and worst of all cooties. Statists of race going to Prison: Did you know 1 in every 15 African American men and 1 in every 36 Hispanic men are incarcerated in comparison to 1 in every 106 white men.
People of all different races and ethnicities are locked behind bars because they have been convicted of committing a crime and they are paying for the consequences. When looking at the racial composition of a prison in the United States, it does not mimic the population. This is because some races and ethnicities are over represented in the correctional system in the U.S. (Walker, Spohn, & DeLone, 2018). According Walker et al. (2018), African-Americans/Blacks make up less than fifteen percent of the U.S. population, while this race has around thirty-seven percent of the population in the correctional system today. Along with African-American/Blacks, the Hispanic population is underrepresented at both the state and federal levels while the Caucasian/White population are underrepresented (Walker, Spohn, & DeLone, 2018).
Michelle Alexander, similarly, points out the same truth that African American men are targeted substantially by the criminal justice system due to the long history leading to racial bias and mass incarceration within her text “The New Jim Crow”. Both Martin Luther King Jr.’s and Michelle Alexander’s text exhibit the brutality and social injustice that the African American community experiences, which ultimately expedites the mass incarceration of African American men, reflecting the current flawed prison system in the U.S. The American prison system is flawed in numerous ways as both King and Alexander points out. A significant flaw that was identified is the injustice of specifically targeting African American men for crimes due to the racial stereotypes formed as a result of racial formation. Racial formation is the accumulation of racial identities and categories that are formed, reconstructed, and abrogated throughout history.
Anyabwile states that “if incarceration pillages a person or family so completely, it’s difficult not to feel hopeless”. Yet by accurately describing the way mass incarceration robs a family, Coates is robbing these families of hope. The hope that they desperately gripe at daily and blacks have for the past hundreds of years. Without hope, the blacks lose motive
After reading the Chapter 5 and 6 it is evident that racism is present throughout the court system. Although the racism is generally paired with law enforcement, the court system has a major issue as well; especially when looking at the jury selection process. When thinking about the court process the jury selection does not really become an issue or brought to the public's attention unless it is a major case. The U.S. Supreme Court has also stated the jury is "an inestimable safeguard against the corrupt or overzealous prosecutor and against the compliant, biased, or eccentric judge" (Pp. 255.) The jury plays a vital role in the criminal justice system.
Stanley, I would have to half agree with your comment. Yes, inmates should be allow to have personal property. I disagree with discrimination against certain inmates for possessing personal property. There should not be discrimination on personal property items because I believe standardized items that inmates may possess regardless of the crimes they committed. If there are discrimination of personal property items, inmates will start to filed suits with the court.
The first issue that was discussed in the article was about David Peace. Peace talked about missing out on life as a young man and how he feared going out into the real world. This an effect that mass imprisonment could have on young black men. They adapt to life in prison where they are control and once they receive freedom it scares them. The reason for this issue is due to political socialization.
Black Students Demand the UC System Stop Supporting Private Prisons Everybody knows one of the major pathways to prison is poor education. Those who have a lack of education are exponentially more likely to end up in prison than those who are highly educated. This is even more true is you are an uneducated black male. For years, the government, media, even Hollywood has been calling for an increase in educational programs aimed at helping black youth get out of poverty and into college in order to break the cycle of poverty.
Further in the reading the inmate approaches two more doors and passes through the door labeled Democratic. Approaching two more doors labeled black and white he passes through the appropriate door once again. Subsequently, the man passes through the black door and he falls nine stories to the street. Symbolically, it shows how the color of your skin can determine the outcome of life behind bars and how the Democratic and Republican parties have played a great role in mass incarceration. African Americans, who are among the most populated race in American prisons, who suffer from drug addictions and do not receive adequate treatment for their substance abuse problems are among the many who return.
Racism Within the Judicial System While growing up in an urban area, it’s easy to dismiss the injustices and racism that one has grown up around, this is seen as normal. As a minority, when one is stopped by a police officer, the two most common outcomes are either death or being a brutally violent arrested. The United States is infamous for the number of incarcerated citizens: 670 per 100,000. Shockingly enough, the numbers continue to rise. How is it that the nation that extols the virtues of life, liberty and justice also maintains one of the most draconian prison systems in the world?
(38) – The film The House I live in, is an extraordinary film that gives light to one of the biggest problem in the United States, and that problem is the war on drugs and how such creates sociological problems such as mass incarceration. Throughout the duration of this documentary, a Correctional Officer by the name of Mike Carpenter is interviewed and gives his opinions on the ideologies governing our society. He strongly believes, that people in prison are paying for the fear that we as Americans have created over the years. In my interpretation, what Officer Carpenter is trying to get to is basically this whole idea of blaming those who are inferior. The war on drugs created the impression in our society, that those responsible for many of our problems were young African Americans; what did we do in return?
His character is held at a position of power that rises above stereotypical depictions of black men, who are often regarded in a much more negative way. In connection with The Known World, the positions of power demonstrate an important, uncommon portrayals of people of color. This ultimately connects to today’s society’s interpretation of what constitutes being black and what is being represented through those interpretations and portrayals. The movie is an important representation of exactly what The Known World represents – the interconnectedness of past, present, and future. The movie continuously plays on the historical aspect of “traditional” slavery.
In both the film and the reading, the effects of unbidden bias and the lack of support in the home and school environment are explored. The reading explores the tensions faced in educational enviroment and helps us understand what the school-to-prison pipeline is and how people of color are affected. Being Bad changes the way we look at ourselves and educational system. The effects of labels and stereotypes are brought to our attention.