Rosa Parks once said, “Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they must meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome” (BrainyQuote.com). There is a sense around the world today that racism is gone and that we are in a new era. However, this is not true; racism can be seen just as prevalent today as in the past. There are people being put on trial unfairly because of racist mindsets in the judicial system. In these situations, there are some people that are too quick to assume that it must be this one individual with the only backing for their opinion is that the color of their skin is different. The way a person is judged should not be based upon the color of his skin is but whether he did the crime. Gains and Wright portray to us in their novels how the American judicial system is unable to see through the mask of racism. They use the art of literature to give reasons for believing that the courts today cannot get over the mountainous racism issue.
Racist people in the court systems are what give people unfair trials. The judges, juries, attorneys, and public opinions are full of biased statements when they see that a person of the opposite race committed the crime. In Wright’s Native Son, we see an African American boy on trial for murder. This boy grew up extremely poor and is working for a rich white family. He is also in a gang and is looked down upon. He knows he needs to get his life together and provide for his family, but he
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Every young man struggles with his inner character. Choosing how he carries himself around others and even himself is a snapshot of how he will be as not only a husband but as a father. In “Notes of a Native Son” by James Baldwin, he is conflicted with the problems of racism during the 1950’s, striving not to become the man his father was, and trying to figure out who he is as an individual. These things are what empowers him to write this essay. Baldwin’s conundrum is fueled the turmoil of self and living in a racist society throughout this story.
Racism is a big flaw in our criminal judicial system, just the fact that at least one out three African American males is expected to go to prison shows that racism plays a big part in mass incarceration. African Americans make up a majority of the prison’s population than any other race. Poor and segregated locations are more closely spectated and followed by police officers than wealthy locations because, they expect poor segregated area to be more dangerous because of the people who live there and how the environment around them looks like. Police officers should not discriminate people because, of their status and/or skin color. For example, in the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird” Atticus Finch proves the innocence of Tom Robinson a
Few in this country would argue with the fact that the United States criminal justice system possesses discrepancies which adversely affect Blacks in this country. Numerous studies and articles have been composed on the many facets in which discrimination, or at least disparity, is obvious. Even whites are forced to admit that statistics indicate that the Black community is disproportionately affected by the American legal system. Controversy arises when the issue of possible causes of, and also solutions to, these variations are discussed. It’s not just black versus white, it is white versus white, and white versus oriental, whatever the case may be, and it is not justice. If we see patterns then the judges should have the authority to say something. Jury nullifications cannot be overturned regardless of the cause. Exclusionary rule, according to CULS (2010) – Prevents the government from using most evidence gathered in violation of U.S. Constitution; like unreasonable search and seizure (Fourth Amendment).
Race is one of the most controversial topics when speaking of bias, and still to this day race is occasionally believed to sway the judicial system’s decisions. A recent statistic proved that less than 5 years ago in North Carolina more than 52% of potential black jurors were cut, or peremptory challenged, meaning they removed from a case without reason (S.M.). Not only do jurors experience discrimination but suspects on trial have also suffered for decades. Evidence shows judges sentence black convicts to 20%
The topic of whether or not there is racism in the legal system is becoming increasingly debatable among certain groups. The obvious evidence that has been glaring in the faces of the public for decades says it all: the criminal justice system is, and always has been, swayed by racism. Despite this, the opposing side of the argument - which mostly consists of privileged whites – diligently argues that racism was outlawed decades ago. There are also African Americans who are unaware of how their race is constantly being oppressed. However, the younger generation is quickly becoming culturally and politically woke and passing on the knowledge. Although racism is not explicitly stated in the law, racists are still hiding behind the supremacy of the country. White policemen have went as far as mindlessly killing young black people and claiming it was done out of self-defense. White judges will find loopholes in the legal process when dealing with an offense committed by an African American. They are targeting African Americans and punishing them more harshly than the white people who commit crimes.
Similarly, there is need to examine whether race plays a role in determining if one is convicted or released. This is because an all-white bench convicted Hunt, who is of African American descent, of a crime he did not commit. Whether racial prejudice plays any role in our criminal and justice system needs critical examine since the law should be fair and equal before all. A non-discriminative judicial system will enhance public trust and eliminate cases of wrongful conviction.
American society is a great nation made up of rich racial diversity, a situation that brings sensitivity on the way different races are treated, especially in the justice system. Statistics on the field of criminal justice shows unequal racial proportions of people arrested and charged in courts of law. The statistics trigger unfounded theories that some races, especially the African American race, are mistreated may be due to their skin color. The assumptions regarding unfairness in the justice system on lines of racial alignment may or may not be true, hence the need for more scrutiny. According to Justice On trial (n.d), in regard to the allegations on justice system, it is imperative that the stake holders in the justice system consider
Today racism is seen all around the world within different religions, beliefs and backgrounds. However, in the early nineteen hundreds, specifically the 1920s to the 1930s racism was prevalent between the White and Blacks. African-Americans were sold as slaves, beaten, murdered and lynched as a result of Caucasians believing that they were the superior race. Toni Morrison's novels, Sula, shares the story of Sula Peace and Nel Wright’s friendship, the challenges they are faced with and the impact of social implications. Comparably, in Richard Wright’s Native Son, follows the life and trial of twenty year old African-American Bigger Thomas who kills a white woman, providing insight into what was expected from and thought about African-Americans. In Sula, Toni Morrison focuses not only on racism between opposing backgrounds and how it influences social implications, but shows that racism does not exist through segregation alone but within the same community. Richard Wright's Native Son, explores how the segregation and oppression between the black and white community influence violence and social expectations. Through the use of juxtaposition and symbolism both authors highlight the implications racist attitudes have on the characters during the time period in which the novels are set.
Racism is a topic that has existed for many years. But where does it come from? Who do we blame? Should we blame television, music, politics or even our own families? All of the above play a role in racism. We aren't born hating each other. As we grow up we are taught to hate each other. Things such as how our family members talk, treat and deal with other races affect us tremendously. This is where the problem begins. Then our hatred grows as we are influenced by the things we see on TV and the things being said about others in the music that we listen to. As we read the papers we read about politicians bad mouthing other races. How about where we live, go to school or even work? Yes, another set of
Racism has a huge impact on society to this day. The greatest wrong doing in the U.S criminal justice system is that it is a race based organization where African Americans are specifically focused on and rebuffed in a considerably more forceful route than white individuals. Saying the Us criminal justice system is racist might be politically disputable in different ways. In any case, the actualities are debatable. Underneath I explain many cases of these issues. Information on race is available for each step of the criminal justice system – from the use of drugs, police stops, arrests, getting off on bail, legal representation, jury selection, trial, sentencing, prison, parole, and freedom.
In Richard Wright’s Native Son, alienation, the state of being isolated from a group or an activity to which one should belong or be involved in, is a major theme presented in the novel. The protagonist, Bigger Thomas, faces alienation repeatedly from society due to his identity as a young African American boy living in Chicago. Because of his skin color, in different places, he felt inferior to everyone around him and felt like he had no purpose in his life because of society’s expectations: African Americans ending up in a jail cell for the rest of their lives, making them feel worthless. As a result, he went looking for that power without knowing it. When he killed both Mary and Bessie, he felt that power rush to him. However, Bigger does end up in jail because of his wrong doings. Even though justice was served for the killings of Mary Dalton and Bessie, he did not deserve such a harsh sentence just because he is a darker skin tone compared to the Whites.
Almost every member of the black community in Maycomb County is admirable in their personalities and innocent in their nature, and this generalisation makes the crimes against the black community all the worse. Tom Robinson, a man discriminated and accused of a crime that he didn’t commit has come forth to the justice system. The color of his skin determines everything from his background too if he’s guilty or not. A black man’s life is unable to prove innocence because of his race. Poverty has affected many people back in the 1960’s but, if a black man or women were to experience this they would be put on the white
The author of this article is Cornelia Grumman won the Pulitzer Prize in 2003 and found the organization the First Five Years Fund where she advocated for stronger federal policies. The audience she could be targeting would be the government to create stricter guidelines when imposing capital punishment. The purpose of this article is to give awareness of how race can create bias factors in the justice system. It has been commonly seen
Native Son, by Richard Wright, is a fictional novel that explores the issues of racism and inequality for african americans in 1930s Chicago. The book analyzes the divided culture of the time by narrating the story of a young black man, Bigger Thomas. In the opening section of Native Son, Bigger is introduced as a poor, uneducated twenty-year-old who is defined by his anger, frustration, and fear of the life he has no control over, due to racial injustice. Bigger eventually takes a job with a white family, the Daltons, working as their family chauffeur. While at his first day working with the Daltons, Bigger drives Mr. Dalton’s daughter, Mary, to meet her boyfriend Jan. Jan and Mary try to prove to Bigger during this interaction that they are progressive, racially tolerant white people during this interaction, however, this only angers and scares Bigger because of the social norms that Mary breaks. The three of them end up getting drinks together at a restaurant, leading Jan, Mary, and Bigger to become drunk. Bigger eventually brings Mary home and helps her up to her bedroom because she is too drunk, when Mrs. Dalton, who is blind, unexpectedly enters Mary’s bedroom. Bigger becomes frightened at what may come if Mrs. Dalton becomes aware of his presence in Mary’s bedroom, so Bigger covers Mary’s face with a pillow to keep her from exposing his presence. During this frightening encounter, Bigger accidentally smothers Mary to death. Wright goes on to tell the rest of Bigger’s