The Civil Rights Movement And Our Nation 's Continued Progress Towards Racial Equality

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In March the United States celebrates the Selma-to-Montgomery march of 1965 to honor the civil rights movement and our nation’s continued progress towards racial equality. Yet almost five decades later a broken criminal-justice system has proven that we still have a long way to go in achieving racial equality. Today people of color continue to be excessively incarcerated, policed, and sentenced to death at significantly higher rates than whites. Further, racial differences in the criminal-justice system hurt communities of color by excluding thousands by limiting blacks the right to vote, limiting employment opportunities ,housing, public benefits, and education to millions more . While these disparities still exist it is crucial that a…show more content…
Shooting was the most common cause of police-related deaths. Of the 161 unarmed individuals, 71 were shot by police. The second most common cause of death found were Tasers, which killed 39 minorities, police hit more than 26 minorities with their police cars Twenty-eight people died in police custody, , but this figure does not include victims like Sandra Bland, who died in a Texas jail under conditions many describe as disbelieving, although suicide was listed as her official cause of death. Although police activists says the frequent use of force is necessary to protect officers from a highly dangerous job, the statistics don’t seem to back this up. It just making the minorities have a tough time following laws causing higher incarnation rates. Colored people make up more than 30 percent of the United States population, they make up for 60 percent of those imprisoned. The prison population nearly grew by 700 percent from 1970 to 2005, a rate that is surpassing crime and population rates. The incarceration rates unreasonably impact men of color 1 in every 15 African American and 1 in every 36 Hispanic males are incarcerated in contrast to 1 in every 106 white male. (Project, 2013) According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, one in three black males can expect to go to prison in their lifetime. (Rosenberger, 2013) People of color have a deranged number of encounters with
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