The Relationship Between African Americans And Incarceration

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The Relationship between African Americans Males and Incarceration

Research question: Why are the majority of American prisoners African American males? Thesis: Because of racial inequality and a history of social oppression African American males have been treated unequally entering jails/prison at a higher rate than other racial groups

The mass incarceration of African Americans has been for years, racially pushed forward. In recent years this crisis of disproportional inequality has reached farther into the African American community affecting education, housing, and health care. African Americans males specifically, have been victimized in two ways, first by being targeted more highly than another racial group in America and second by having the U.S. Criminal Justice System perpetuate a system that does not allow them to be the ones who have any power to change their unequal treatment. Because of racial inequality and a history of social oppression, African American males have been treated unequally, entering jails at a higher rate than any other racial group.

While African American males have been affected the most more than other demographic group within the criminal justice system, other minorities have also been unequally affected. Hispanics only account for 17% of the prison population nationally, even though they are only 12% of the total population in the United States. The statistics for these inequalities for African Americans can be identified…
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