85% More Times That Whites. They Are Only 14% Of The Drug

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85% more times that whites. They are only 14% of the drug users in New York but they are 37% of those arrested for drug use. African americans are 2 to 11 times higher to be stopped and searched than whites (Fourteen Examples of Racism in Criminal Justice System). When it comes down to it all minorities have disadvantages when it comes to equality in our justice system? Religious discrimination against muslim americans is increasing at a rapid pace. Studies have shown that race plays a major factor in the severity of a punishment. For example Dylan Roof, a white male that slaughtered nine african american church attendees in cold blood in Charleston, South Carolina was apprehended and later taken to Burger King. While at the same Boston,…show more content…
In the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “A just law is a man made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code that is out of harmony with the moral law.” In his groundbreaking speech “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in the first paragraph he stated that morally you can only obey just laws and break unjust laws to make them just. He broke down the compared difference made legal and sameness made legal. Difference made legal is when a majority group makes a law that minorities are expected to follow but that they will not follow themselves, like for example the Jim Crow laws. Sameness made legal is when a majority group makes a law for minorities that they also intend to follow (King paragraph 3). In Ferguson, Missouri a pattern of practicing unlawful conduct violating civilians first, fourth, and fourteenth amendment rights was established. African americans were 2 times more plausible to get searched than whites but possessed 26% less than whites in the contraband found. In the year of 2016 black and hispanic drivers in Chicago, Illinois were stopped and searched at rates 4 times the rates of white drivers. San Francisco police officers were caught sending racial text and staging fights in prisons and placing bets on the inmates. Black americans are 15% of all stops in San Francisco, over 42% of these stops are followed by non consent
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