African Americans And The American Justice System Essay

2038 Words Nov 7th, 2016 9 Pages
Of the 2.3 million people currently incarcerated in America 's federal, state, and local jails and prisons, over 1 million of them are African Americans. With that comes the fact that African-American males, born today, have a one-in-three chance of going to prison during their life. According to studies conducted by many major institutions, the American justice system is statistically biased against African-Americans and other minorities at all levels of the judicial system. Nanya Springer discusses this when she writes in her article about how white defendants usually fair better in trials over black defendants for the same types of crimes. (Springer 1) Also in her article, she talks about another major reason why African Americans are being deprived of the justice they deserve when she mentions the fact that in many of America 's public schools, minority students are reprimanded at a higher rate than white students for the same, or similar, offences (Springer 1). Another fundamental reason why the American justice system in unfair is that many of the African-Americans and Hispanics in jail today were most likely targeted by racially motivated police officers through unwarranted stop-and-frisks or being pulled over by police for little to no reason other than being not white. These compounding reasons are why many Americans, especially the African American and Hispanic communities, feel that the justice system is out to get them. It has been fifty-two years since the Civil…

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