African American And The Civil Rights Movement Essay

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While many claim that long tradition of racism in the United States ended with the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Today, African-American are disproportionately imprisoned by racist drugs laws, denied access to the economic and educational benefits, and robbed of their civil rights and human dignity by a general white supremacy that lurks just beneath the surface of our so-called democracy. Our criminal justice system creates a situation in which African-American men have greater than a 1 in 4 chance of going to prison compared to 1 in 23 for a white person. (Bureau of Justice Statistics)
African American are adversely and disproportionately impacted by the American justice system. The justice system is having a devastating effect on every aspect of their lives. African-American are disproportionately represented in every part of the criminal justice system, from being racially profiled, stopped, arrested, prosecuted, sentenced, and incarcerated, to even being disproportionately placed on death row. African Americans are penalized without conscience, remorse, or constitutional protection. Truly, the overrepresentation of African-American in the criminal justice system negatively impacts their ability to gain employment, health, care, credit, federal students’ loans, and the power to vote. At the root of many of these issues is a discriminatory criminal justice system which intentionally targets African-American for punishment and incarceration.

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