Racial Bias

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What is racial bias? Racial bias is when you treat someone different due to their race. Racial bias is something that occurs everywhere. One place we can examine racial bias is in the U.S. Court system. It is important to identify these biases because there is a lump sum of statistical data to prove it’s existence, it’s ignored by the Supreme court, and people’s lives are at risk day to day because if the color of their skin. Some may argue that this simply is not true. “If you commit the crime you do the time” which is a very true statement, but all crimes should be treated equally. It is understood that different cases have different control variables, but studies have proven that your race will affect your criminal consequences regardless. African American people are a minority and are mostly located in the middle class. Lawyers are set to be very expensive leaving it almost impossible for blacks to receive a fair sentencing. They are subsequently subjected to public defenders, which are cost-free, and these prosecutors are all tied into the courts, leaving victims of racial bias with no luck. Keep in mind that 13% of the U.S population are African Americans, yet they make up 40% of the U.S prison population (13th).
From the days of slavery in which black people were considered property, through the years of lynchings and Jim Crow laws, punishment has always been deeply affected by race. Unfortunately, the days of racial bias in the court system still exist. The race on

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