It is argued that the incarcerated state of blacks is the 4th stage of racial oppression (6E p. 330). If one looks at the War on Drugs from a purely legal based level one can see a disproportionate amount of the policies being made to affect black communities and livelihoods. Statistically the amount of illegal drug users that are black versus white is not much (9.2% black versus 8.1% white) but the amount of arrests in the black community is 34% even though they only have 14% of regular drug users on average (6E p. 333). Even the sentencing laws were in favor of white citizens; in 1986 Congress passed a law that required a 100 to 1 ratio for the trafficking or possession of crack cocaine to that of powder cocaine. This law was disadvantageous for black people because they were much more likely to have crack due to economic and political factors (Elsner p. 20).
In fact, June 2008 report by Human Rights Directorate says that in Istanbul alone, there is one honour killing every week and over 1.000 were killed during the last five years. However, ıf the origins of people who commit this crime are examined, it can be seen that many of them come Istanbul from the eastern part of turkey. Although many reports are published, there is still an impossibility to determine accurate numbers because witnesses and victims or families are afraid of speak about honour crimes, and they do not want to intervene because these issues are considered as a family
The term mental illness ranges from a variety of disorders that can affect your mood, thinking, and behavior. Although some people believe the guns are the issue and that we need more gun control, I believe we need more psychological help because mental health is worsening and access to care is getting more difficult, we should be rethinking the Baker Act, defining mental health and obtaining weapons. Studies show that mental health is worsening and the access to care is getting more and more limited. “For the past 20 years, studies have consistently estimated that almost half of all individuals with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder are receiving no treatment for their mental illness at any given time. According to recent estimates of NIMH, this means that approximately 3.5 million such individuals are receiving no treatment,” says Mental Illness Policy Org.
Social isolation, poor housing, unemployment and poverty are all linked to mental ill health. So stigma and discrimination can trap people in a cycle of illness. 5 The situation is exacerbated by the media. Media reports often link mental illness with violence, or portray people with mental health problems as dangerous, criminal, evil, or very disabled and unable to live normal, fulfilled lives. Research shows that the best way to challenge these stereotypes is through firsthand contact with people with experience of mental health problems.
Behind closed doors, many patients receive abuse or neglect that only worsens their state. In fact, the NCEPOD clinical coordinator states that over half of the patients admitted into mental institutions receive “poor physical and mental healthcare” (Source C) that disrupts their road to recovery. Although the private nature of mental hospitals aids in the help of the ill, it allows the underpaid staff to do as they please. Another side to this rebuttal is the topic of gun control and how easy someone with a mental illness can obtain one. This controversial subject has been on the minds of the American people since after the passage of the second amendment that allowed us the right to own guns.
But it does reduce addiction, overdoses, HIV, and AIDS. People who need medical drug treatment or any kind of medical assistance may avoid the treatments to hide their addictions. If drug use and drug possession get eliminated from being a crime, people might come out of there cave and seek help. Millions on millions of people get arrested every year for drug possession, but this does not seem to help or fix the cause. There are more important things that need to be taken care of and need more attention such as rape cases, that have not been solved or touched in years.
Many anti-gun groups say since 1970 the number of firearms has increased, but forget to say that no murder rates have increased, the proportion of people who did have guns are dropped from 49 percent to 40 percent, but violent crimes rise and fall, so, the number of gun owners has no influence on whether crimes rise or fall. Another report says that every 43 deaths provoked by a gun is more likely to kill a relative than a criminal, but they tend to forget that 86 percent (37 deaths) of 43 deaths, were suicides. The ¨Gun War¨ has been going on for years, everyone has a different view of how weapons should be treated and dealt with. But since the beginning of this country, we have the right to keep and bare arms. There will always be people who try to get rid of guns, and there will always be people who defend guns.
Along with transgenders, In 1996 only 4% of Fortune 500 companies had sexual orientation in their nondiscrimination policies, where now 92% of them do. “Controlled experiments have found consistent evidence of workplace discrimination as well. When researchers send two sets of matched resumes to major employers, and one indicates the applicant is gay, employers warmly receive “gay” resumes far less often than “straight” resumes. Seven out of eight of these studies confirmed the existence of antigay employment discrimination.”(Burns et al, 2017) With gays and transgenders experiencing large amounts of discrimination in the workplace, this poses an enormous threat on the economic security of these people. Another issue within this community would be the harassment they receive on the job site which causes some to leave their job.
The Power of Addiction: Society’s Lack of Alcoholism Recognition Society has taken a blind eye to the extent of how alcohol affects the lives of many people, in fact, nearly eighty-eight thousand Americans die of alcohol related deaths every year (Social Effects of Alcoholism). Have it be noted that even though alcohol in controlled amounts can be safe and pleasurable, excessive intake of it can cause addiction, or more specifically, alcoholism. Particularly, alcoholism can be traced to the roots of many issues in society, such as drunk-driving, physical and sexual abuse, medical problems, et cetera. There is no shadow of a doubt that alcoholism is a highly complex and controversial issue that is often overlooked, which often increases the
One of the most societal issues in American society is the negative consequences of drug abuse that affect not only individuals who abuse drugs but also their families and friends. The obvious effects of drug abuse which manifested in the individuals who abuse drugs includes their health, sickness and death. Paying close attention to an abuser's health is contracting blood borne illnesses such as hepatitis and HIV/AIDS through injection drug use and the sharing of needles. Economically, the impact of drug abuse in businesses whose employees abuse drugs can also be significant. While many drug abusers are unable to attain or hold down employment.
Thousands of people would not benefit from outpatient treatment and often found themselves under-employed, homeless, victims of crime, in nursing homes, in residential treatment homes, in a correctional facility, and more likely to suffer from substance abuse disorders. These compounding factors are the foundation of the phenomenon called “Criminalization of the Mental Ill.” People with a serious mental illness are more likely to be arrested, incarcerated, and sentenced to more time than those not suffering from a mental illness. Contrary to stereotypes, people with a serious mental illness are more likely to be a victim of a crime. Even if the concept of diverting potential clients to alternative community programs was created at the inception of deinstitutionalization, it was not implemented into the criminal justice system until 1988 when the first Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) was developed. The Memphis Police Department developed the program after one of its officers shot and killed a man who suffered from a mental illness.
This is not a racial issue, this is a social problem. By July of 2015, the number of police- related deaths extended to 664 making the country’s police force one of the deadliest in the USA. Out of the total of 644 deaths, 321 were Caucasian fatalities, 174 were African Americans, and 96 were Hispanics. According to the reports, 578 of these deaths were involved guns, others involved car
Domestic violence is no new issue, and often not considered a serious matter. Occurring in many forms (verbal abuse, physical abuse, sexual abuse, etc.) this issue should not be handled lightly. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), “[g]lobally, as many as 38% of murders of women are committed by an intimate partner.” Of the four million women abused in the United States each year, nearly all of them show symptoms of Battered Women’s Syndrome, a form of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Although there are exceptions, women generally should not be charged with murder of an abusive husband because she acted in self-defense.
The legalization of drugs has been at the center of interminable debate. Drugs have widely been perceived as a dominant threat to the moral fabric of society. Drug use has been attributed as the source responsible for a myriad of key issues. For instance, it is believed that drugs have exacerbated the already weak status of mental health in the United States in which some individuals suffering from mental illness administer illicit substances such as heroin or cocaine in an attempt to self-medicate. Moreover, drugs are blamed for turning auspicious members of the community into worthless degenerates.