Statistics Have Shown That Three Out Of Every Four Black

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Statistics have shown that three out of every four black men are expected to be imprisoned at least once in their lifetime, normally associated with the usage, selling, and or handling of drugs (Kerby, 2012). Regardless of the evidence that shows that all races are equally susceptible and apart from the drug epidemic, African Americans have been number one in charts. In the article “The New Jim Crow: How the War on Drugs Gave Birth to a Permanent American Undercaste”, Michelle Alexander discusses how to this day African-Americans remain as the most prominent target of America. Alexander acknowledges how the rising drug war has labeled African Americans as “Bad Guys”. Alexander’s mission is to expose the racism in America and its influence…show more content…
(Pg. 117). Alexander mentions towards the end of the article that, “Millions of people of color are now saddled with criminal records and legally denied the very rights that their parents and grandparents fought for and, in some cases, died for.” (Pg. 118). Convicted felons lose many of their natural rights that their ancestors have fought so diligently to achieve. According to The Law Dictionary, some of the rights that convicted felons may lose their voting rights, employment rights, and public social benefit rights (Maver,2013). The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law said that over 6 million American citizens have been denied the right to vote because of their criminal records despite the fact that they work, live, and raise their families in their communities. According to Marc Maver in his article, “A Lifetime of Punishment: The Impact of the Felony Drug Ban on Welfare Benefits” When president Clinton took office he signed into place a legislation that imposed a denial of federal benefits to those who have been convicted in court for any drug offenses. (add a sentence about why she disagrees). Alexander (2010) also claims in her argument that, “The drug war has been brutal-complete with SWAT teams, tanks, bazookas, grenade launchers, and sweeps of entire neighborhoods- but those who live in white communities have little clue to the devastation wrought” (Pg. 116). Even though the drug epidemic is an
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