The reason why he is accused of rape and considered guilty is because he is an African-American and that instantly labels him as a criminal or a murderer. The people in Maycomb also labels Atticus Finch as a threat to Maycomb town and they call him a “nigger-lover” just because he is defending Tom Robinson and for being his lawyer on the court. Judging people by just seeing them for the first time without knowing the person is just not the right way to criticize a person. It could also be referred to rating a book by judging its cover without reading the inside of a book. But judging a person by its race is the main reason why in the past we had these racist issues.
First, he mentions the dishonesty of a “one-sided idea of who was kept free” by the war if “the highest percentage of casualties” were African-American (15). Kerry made his speech during the aftermath of the Civil Rights Movement, and he keeps it in mind when discussing the unfortunate state of veterans in America, particularly black veterans. Similarly, it doesn’t escape his notice that the war America is fighting in a third-world country is much more violent and inhumane than one fought in a European country. He accuses America of losing its “sense of morality” because of its apathy to corruption and massacres such as what happened in My Lai (16). Due to such destructive war tactics, Kerry says that “America placed a cheapness on the lives of” the Southeast Asians that they were fighting (17).
In the South of the United States in the 1930´s, the justice system was very unfair towards colored people. Colored people that were sent to court could not receive a fair trial because of the prejudice and racism from the jury. This happened all the time, especially in Maycomb Alabama. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a colored man named Tom Robinson was convicted of assaulting a white woman just because of the color of his skin. Tom Robinson should have been found not guilty for many reasons.
With the corruption in the government being mainly caused because of the ongoing drug war, the Mexican police force had to get involved. The approaches that the police force established to try to rid corruption within the government can be seen as controversial. Let's start with the facts. “State and local forces find themselves outgunned, overwhelmed, and often purchased outright by gangsters” (Althaus Web). Police officers are underpaid, with a starting salary of less than $350 a month, and are expected to buy their own equipment, even bullets.
Racial profiling can be isolated into two implications, hard profiling and delicate profiling. An example of hard profiling would be the time when an officer sees a dark individual and without additional to go on, pulls him over for a hunt on the likelihood that he may conveying medications or weapons. Racial profiling would a case like when the state police get a tip off that a particular nationality is trafficking drugs down a specific expressway and get a kick out of the chance to drive a specific sort of vehicle, and from this insight the trooper pulls over a man coordinating this
4,743 lynchings occurred in the United States from 1882-1968, of these people that were lynched, 3,446 were black. Lynching is a tragedy of our Nation’s past time, although tempting to try and erase it from the history books, it must be remembered to attempt to prevent such injustices from happening again. In Ida B. Wells’ speech, “Lynch Law in America.” Ida B. Wells talks about the discrimination and horrendous crimes black people face due to racist white men and a corrupt justice system. The laws created to protect the African Americans; 14th and 15th amendment was ignored, or loopholes were being used to justify the mainly Southerner’s actions.
A New York Times review states, “Black Mixtape tells a story of defiance and pride, it is also a tale of defeat, frustration and terrible destruction.” Whites viewed the Black Power Movement as a revolution; Blacks viewed the Black Power Movement as a fight for recognition as humans and as a race. Furthermore, the Black Power Movement was a political movement aimed to protect Black people from police brutality and encouraging black pride. It is interesting that the film also incorporates images from the Attica Revolution; New Yorkers don’t speak of the horrific events that occurred that day.
I feel as though every time I look up I see the same heartbreaking headline: Black Person Killed by Cop. It seems as if the unjustified killing will never end, and to make matters worse, our supposed protectors, the men in blue are not even being charged for the murder of these people, or if they do, the time they serve is little to nothing. We have all seen the videos, the evidence that would put anyone else in jail for quite some time, and yet these vile actions go unpunished. There have been far too many cases of police brutality and not enough justice for black citizens. The fear that black people cannot go on, and racial profiling must end so that we can live our lives in peace.
Judges, prosecutors, public defenders and the police, while all working to ensure the safety of the public, have conflicting priorities. The police have the incentive to make countless arrests, increasing their arrest rate by aggressively pursuing minor crimes with poor evidence, fabricating stories to discredit the offender and deny the victims. Similarly, the prosecutors have the incentive to convict the defendants brought to them by the police, which is made infinitely more difficult by the influx of weak cases they receive. In the case of the Central Park Five, the moment the DNA evidence was discovered to not match the boys’, the investigation should have been stopped, or at least paused, and moved in a different direction; it is highly improbable that the boys did not leave a single track on the scene, and equally, or more, improbable that the scene did not leave a single trace on them. However, even with the lack of matching DNA evidence, the boys were still convicted of the crime; they had confessed to the crime.
Since beginning to learn about black history, I have heard many stories of how racism has been used by white people to make it acceptable to mistreat blacks and other races of people. Even after slavery ended and blacks were set free, whites refused to accept them as equals. We all know about how racism led to many innocent
Even before our nation’s founding, people of color have been discriminated. Decades pass and the criminal justice system is still “racist” labeling people of color as criminal, meaning black equal criminals therefore is fine to discriminate people of color just because they’re criminals. In “The New Jim Crow” the system targets black men because they are associated with crime, meaning crime stands in for race. In the other hand, As Heather Mac Donald writes in her book “The War on Cops”, “The criminal-justice system does treat individual suspects and criminals equally, they concede. But the problem is how society defines crime and criminals” (154).
A book on this topic, The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander, explains how the criminal justice system “Intentionally targets poor uneducated black men.” Michelle Alexander , author of The New Jim Crow, claims that the prison system is a racial hierarchy and reform is ineffective, the only true solution is to dismantle the prison system altogether. This claim seems drastic but
In the novel A Lesson Before Dying, written by Ernest J. Gaines in 1993, Grant Higgins struggles with the idea of criminal justice in the south during the 1940s. During this time in Bayonne, LA African Americans did not receive the same justice as whites. In this quotation one can see the discrimination, “Twelve white men say a black man must die, and another white man sets the date and time without consulting one black person. Justice?” (Gaines 157).
Tensions were rising with the police force and Blacks. Police brutality was rampant and so the BPP stepped up when no one would protect them. The BPP created a self-titled newspaper in 1967 that called for Blacks to “protest the police killing of Denzil Dowell, who was shot while allegedly running from a stolen car” (Foner, xi). Panther members would patrol their neighborhoods armed so when the police pulled someone over they would watch what happened and they were prepared to fight back if the police officer overstepped his boundaries. The Panther members learned about California law so they could know their rights.
According to William Hoar about the Black Codes, “In an attempt to bring order, a number of states legally adopted Black Codes prohibiting the often uneducated and illiterate Blacks from sitting on juries, carrying weapons, committing adultery, being vagrants, and violating curfew and segregation laws”. John Alexander Carroll and Odie B. Faulk in Home of the Brave, “That blacks had to have a steady occupation and they carried heavy penalties for violations of labor contracts.” Eventually the codes effectively made racism legal (Hoar). The next misstep of the Reconstruction was the Ku Klux Klan.