Even before watching the video, “Race on Trial” I believed that there was racial bias in the justice system and all this video did was reaffirm that. The fact that these two cases were so similar it is no surprise that the judge jumped to race as the only factor that separated their sentences. Even though there are federal sentencing guidelines put in place to prevent/reduce sentencing disparities it still occurs and many have done in depth research on it. In “The Relationship between Race, Ethnicity, and Sentencing Outcomes: A Meta-Analysis of Sentencing Research” they compared sentencing outcomes of African Americans to whites and saw that 66% of the sentencing outcomes that they studied showed that African Americans had a higher sentencing
In the video, it was apparent that there is a very lopsided number of minorities compared to whites in prison due to the provided fact that black men account for 40.2% of the prison population, while only contributing to 6.5% of the United States population. This percent is only one minority groups out of many more that are in prison still to this day. It was also provided in the video that one in every three African Americans are sent to prison once in their lifetime. This gives a basis of the argument that race could play a role in the deciding of sentences in court. As mention in the video, there is proof from cases that an African American have been shown to serve longer sentences than whites for the same crimes. In short, there is a lopsided number that has the background and statistics to show that there is a possibility that racism did play a role in the lopsided
It was a landmark case that is historic till this day. A black man was imprisoned for not leaving a "white" only area. This case helped with the "seperate but equal" law. Although we have this law, not everybody treats other people as equal.
2. During the trial, businesses put out jars to collect money for the defense of the two murderers. This shows that everyone was on the murderers side. The community views the white race as the superior race, and that is why the murderers were not guilty. Society then, was not a time that we should be proud of. Those murderers should have been
The American judicial system is designed to have equal and fair trials. The 14th amendment abides with that and has made it so everyone receives just trials. Today’s society and judicial system have definitely improved from the past in regards to racism, however, in some cases blacks continue to get convicted and charged without solid or any evidence, solely taken on the word of skeptical or influenced witnesses. Yet, in recent years, science and technology have developed and allowed our legal system to exonerate many innocent people. Sadly, in the past, many blameless people suffered the death penalty from these false accusations. Racial bias and prejudice in the American judicial system are displayed in the Scottsboro Boys case, Harper Lee’s
In theory, one would believe that this was the case that advanced Black Americans rights and should have set the precedent for similar cases after, however, it was far from that. This
For one thing, a jury of all white men sentence nine young African-American boys to death without any solid evidence. Nine young African-American men hopped
The racism in these cases all show an unfair balance between the colored skins and the whites. In some opinions, this judgement was very unjust. The United States regretted most of it history due to this. Three Supreme Court cases forced millions of people to understand how far society must go to overcome racism: Dredd Scott vs. Sanford, Loving vs. Virginia, and Brown vs. Board.
Throughout this The Freddie Gray case was a big moment in the baltimore City justice system. There was a big rise in empathy and sympathy in the city over the course of the trials. The same crime committed by African Americans and whites have had different sentences. I witnessed a case of rape, the man’s name was Brock Turner and he was white. He was supposed to be in jail for fourteen years but got sentenced to six months and got out before that. Also there was a white girl that accused a Black guy of rape and he got fourteen years. That was just an accusation and he got more time while for Brock there was evidence and he got less, that's what racism looks
Many on each side of the issue cite the alleged physical and mental differences between males and females, the effect of the presence of the opposite sex on the battlefield, and the traditional view of male soldiers as arguments both for and against women being employed as soldiers under combat situations. Since very few countries employ a fully integrated military, there are few references available to prove or disprove the arguments. Although women are recruited to serve in the military in most countries, only a few countries permit women to fill active combat roles.
Race and Capital Punishment When a person is charged with Capital punishment we automatically think they are a dangerous criminal, but what if someone was charge simply because of their race. Well, there have been many researches done along with statistical evidence to confirm that this may be in fact the case for African-Americans. The United States Constitution was established so that every Citizen in America is guaranteed their basic rights which include; guarantee a fair process in all hearings and equal treatment under the law. African-Americans have struggled throughout our history with unfair treatment and equality. For example, the decades of slavery and the struggle of passing the equal voting rights bill in 1965. This may have passed us, but many African-Americans are still dealing with racial discrimination and this time it’s with the Criminal Justice system in particular, Capital Punishment. There have been intensive studies and evidence coming up showing how race can in fact play a major role when determining if you get a sentence to Capital Punishment or not, even if you are in fact innocent. We are to believe with our Constitution, bill of rights, and laws that every citizen no matter what race you are will be treated equally fair and justice will hopefully be served, but throughout our history up until now we are finding out that ultimately what will decide the outcome of a citizens fair and equal trial is the color of their skin.
Women in Front Line Combat When it comes to combat assignments and the needs of the military, men take precedence over all other considerations, including career prospects of female service members. Female military members have been encouraged to pursue opportunities and career enhancement within the armed forces, which limit them only to the needs and good of the service due to women being not as “similarly situated” as their male counterparts when it comes to strength or aggressiveness, and are not able to handle combat situations.
Women have been participating in the United States military since the Revolutionary War, where they were nurses, maids, cooks and even spies. They played vital roles in order to keep those fighting on the front lines healthier, and even a more important role in keeping commanding officers informed with private information stolen from the other side. Although the Revolutionary War took play in 1776, the first law to be passed that permanently stated that women have an official place in the military was in 1948, almost one hundred and seventy-two years later. Since that time there has been a lack of true growth when it comes to integration of females in the military. In 1994, a law was passed that tried to prohibit women from being assigned to ground combat units below the brigade level. Women are excluded from more then 25% of active combat roles within the military and only in 2013 was the ban lifted which was the final barrier to allowing women into all active roles. This has been a huge step in the direction for women being considered as being equal but there are still challenges that women face within the military. Ranging from sexual assault, discrimination, bullying, and other tactics, it is clear that for many, the military is still a “boys club.”
I'll tell you why. The man is black. For over years now we have been educating only fair and righteous justice to all. And that this "Blind Justice" we respect so very dearly means almost nothing in court. This case, involving Thomas Robbinson and Mayella Ewell should have never come to trial; the sufficient evidence itself became a powerful juggernaut against this man because of one simple fact. He's black. If we were to assume Tom was a healthy white man, still very capable of committing such a felony, was accused of such crimes under the absurd evidence provided. This ridiculous kind of case would never even pass housing court. But no. Thomas Robbinson was born with the power of having... No power. No rights. Is that what we have come to? We are men who practice law for a living and is there any line, any law that says we should tip the scales of justice in favor of whites over blacks? Of course
In Women in the Military, Janette Mance explores the debates and problems faced by the increasing number of women involved in the military. After examining issues such as pregnancy, sexual harassment, and rape, Mance concludes that as a society we must continue to strive for gender equality.