African Americans And The Justice System

1090 WordsMay 23, 20165 Pages
“That’s one pain that will never go away until the day you die,” she said. “You have to live with that pain. There’s no closure. There’s no nothing. Especially when the person or child was so violently taken away from you.” said Juanita Young, mother of Malcom Ferguson, who 's son was killed by the result of police brutality. He is not the first or last person of the black minority to be cheated by the justice system. Today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans(Alexander). The justice system in America was set up to protect citizens while upholding social control and deterring crime. But the poor guidance within the system has caused racial disparities to persist at every level of the U.S. criminal justice system. All across the country, African Americans receive racial discrimination in the justice system ranging from bias drug arrests, police brutality, to incarceration. African Americans are shown to likely be arrested and punished more severely than white people. This is a result of the war on drugs, the world 's most effective way to fill prisons with minorities while doing nothing to curtail drug use, has warped the priorities and practices of police departments around the country(Gwynne). The war on drugs was a campaign started by the Reagan Administration in 1982; his anti-drug rhetoric was used to shape the stereotypical target of the war-blacks. Such rhetoric
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