The Other Wes Moore : A Story Of Two Boys Growing Up

1001 WordsNov 14, 20145 Pages
The Other Wes Moore, is a story of two boys growing up in Baltimore with the same name. They experiences individual opportunities and disadvantages that lead to their entirely opposite futures. Throughout the novel they both mingle with the law enforcement, drugs and the true meaning of “the streets”. Both their absent fathers force their mothers to solely take care of them in an attempt to lead them down the path to success. One ends up being triumphant while the other lingers his way into a life sentence in prison. Unfortunately both characters were involved with illegal activity. This caused them to experience some form of racial targeting, specifically in chapters four and six. In chapter four the author Wes Moore and his friend, Shea…show more content…
Furthermore, in 2002 African-Americans were approximately 12% of the U.S. population but accounted for 38% of arrest for violent crimes and 30% of arrest of property crimes (Welch 278). This racial imbalance leads to, too many African-American males in jail instead of a higher education institution and sometimes their innocent deaths. Although studies suggest Blacks do commit most violent crimes (New Foundation 2) it does not justify the disproportional correlation of race and arrest rates. This may be at fault to the officers. Many of them have a bias mindset. As to that a certain race, Blacks are always to be suspected of committing a crime. The law enforcement using race as grounds for suspicion of having committed an offense, racial profiling is an uprising issue. A study was conducted on 182 police officers. They were shown multiple pictures of black and white male faces, then were asked “Who looks more criminal?” The study revealed black faces were determined to be criminal more often than white faces. Suggesting “the more black, the more criminal” (Goff, Davies, Eberhardt and Purdie 888-889). I suggest police officers should be subliminally tested on their racial ideologies before being allowed to work and throughout their career because these thoughts may hinder their ability to think logically in the field. In like manner, race plays
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