The Relationship Between Race and Crime Essay

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Crime has always been a hot topic in sociology. There are many different reasons for people to commit criminal acts. There is no way to pinpoint the source of crime. I am going to show the relationship between race and crime. More specifically, I will be discussing the higher chances of minorities being involved in the criminal justice system than the majority population, discrimination, racial profiling and the environment criminals live in.

It is a stereotype that black people are more likely to be criminals than white people. Does this stereotype have any truth to it? A black male born in the United States of America today would have a one in three chance of going to prison. This cannot be said for a white male in the same
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This shows relation to the ‘conflict theory’, because different social groups are not treated equally.

Another explanation to explain why minorities are involved in the criminal justice system more would be plain discrimination. Discrimination has been around forever, and it hasn’t disappeared. It wasn’t even more than a couple of decades ago when African-Americans were victims of slavery, or were not allowed to drink from the same water fountain as a white person. Whites had power over minorities for a long period, and have recently tried to make everything equal. With minorities being treated so unfairly in the past, they would hold a grudge against the justice system. Their ancestors being discriminated against would make these people rebel (Wright).

Racial profiling is not a myth. There are recordings of black people constantly being pulled over while driving, just for the fact that they were black (Hunter-Lowe). The November 25th, 2006 Sean Bell incident and the February 5th, 1999 Amadou Diallo incident shows examples of racism from the police force towards blacks. Both of these incidents involve unarmed black men being shot and killed by US police officers. This quickly leads to the belief that there is racism in the police force. Another example of racial profiling would be searching middle-eastern people at the airport, assuming they are more likely to be terrorists than other
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