Antiblack Racism

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Antiblack racism still exists. This is an unfortunate fact, but a true one. It does not exist in terms of segregation, Black Codes, Jim Crow Laws, or slavery anymore, but there are still numerous examples of racism in the world. One example, which may come as a surprise, is found in the United States justice system. But how could a nation who stands behind freedom and equality have a corrupt system of justice for its citizens? While not all parts of the system contradict themselves, prison institutions are a profound example of racism in the justice system. A multitude of examples exist, but the best ones come from current and ex-convicts as they are living the example and telling the story, as well as civil rights advocates who work to analyze these situations and offer ideas for reform. Works such as Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis, Soul On Ice by Eldridge Cleaver, The Essential Etheridge Knight by Etheridge Knight, and Bastards of the Reagan Era by Reginald Dwayne Betts are only a few examples of novels and poetry that expose the racist inclinations of the United States prison system. Written by esteemed scholars and academics, current and ex-convicts, all authors detail the struggle and need for racial reform in the nation’s prison system. Are Prisons Obsolete? by Angela Y. Davis is one novel that exploits the racism that occurs in the nation’s prison systems. Davis brings the concept of a “black criminal” and the idea of “crime with color” to light.
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