Disparity and Discrimination

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In today’s society it is essential to understand the difference between disparity and discrimination. There are numerous people who still believe that the world is prejudice. This paper will compare and contrast disparity and discrimination. The paper will give examples of both and there relation to the criminal justice system. Disparity VS Discrimination “The word discrimination comes from the Latin "discriminare", which means to "distinguish between". To discriminate socially is to make a distinction between people on the basis of class or category without regard to individual merit. Examples of social discrimination include racial, religious, sexual, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic, height-related, and age-related…show more content…
Disparity is defined as “The condition or fact of being unequal, as in age, rank, or degree; difference;” (Wikipedia, 2006) If a white male and a black male are arrested for the type of murder and the white male receives the minimum time in prison but the black male receives the death penalty, is it disparity or discrimination? If the white male was brought in and tried for the first time and the black male was tried for the third time it would be disparity. It depends on each person’s criminal history. If it was the other way around with the black male’s first offence and the white males third, it would still be disparity. Discrimination and disparity are sometimes perceived as the same issue. In reality discrimination is more of people doing hate crimes because of the race. Discrimination is doing things on purpose, such as leaving out other races because of their color. Disparity occurs when all the facts are involved. One way that discrimination and disparity are similar occurs when statistics show that a black family is low-income and less likely to succeed. While it is true that example is part of disparity however, it is also a part of discrimination because they limit the race. In conclusion, both disparity and discrimination are assumed to be the same. Many people confuse the both because they have similar meaning. The only difference between the two
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