Is It Really All About Race? Essay

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As an American, I have noticed that race is a contributing factor to how the justice system treats many Americans. For example “African Americans are arrested for drug offenses at rates 2 to 11 times higher than the rate for whites” according to a 2009 report on disparity in drug arrests by Human Rights Watch. This semester I want to further examine how all races, White,”(A person having origins in any of the original peoples of Europe, the Middle East, or North Africa)”Black or African American, “(A person having origins in any of the Black racial groups of Africa)”American Indian or Alaska Native,” (A person having origins in any of the original peoples of North and South America)”Asian,”(A person having origins in any of…show more content…
It can ruin a person’s reputation, and it occurs more often to certain races like Blacks and Hispanics. Growing up as an African American child I was never affected by racial discrimination. I grew in up the suburbs of south Florida and had many friends of all races. As a child, I was raised to judge people by who they are and what they do rather than on the color of their skin. However, when I moved and began high school in a different state I started to notice that many of the students, professors, and even local officers were, for lack of a better word, racist to not only African-Americans but also Hispanics and Middle Easterners. One example of this is the Trayvon Martin case where in the end a man who was clearly guilty was acquitted because of the fact that the suspect who he killed, Trayvon, might have been a “17 year old undisciplined punk thug” who was putting Zimmerman’s life in “danger”(Qtd from Sundance). It hurt me to see that as a world we have not learned from our past mistakes. After seeing so many cases of swayed judgment due to racial bias, I wanted to look further into how race affects the judgment of others and if that leads to racial profiling. I found many sources that look at the creation of racial profiling, clear evidence of the occurrence of racial profiling, and how it has affected the lives of the people who are wrongly accused. One source I found is a scholarly article written by Professor David D. Cole, a professor at
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