African Americans And The Civil Rights Movement Essay

733 Words Feb 10th, 2016 3 Pages
Charles de Montesquieu once said ““There is no greater tyranny than that which is perpetrated under the shield of the law and in the name of justice.” It has been 62 years since the Civil Rights movement began in 1954, and 48 years since its ending in 1968. During the time span from the ending of the Civil Rights Movement to now there has been great progress made to eradicate racial discrimination in our country, but we have still yet to overcome many of the hardships that have haunted our country since the ending of slavery. The United States Justice system is still wrecked with racial discrimination. African Americans account for almost 1 million of the total 2.3 million people currently incarcerated; 60% of those currently imprisoned are either African American or Hispanic. Despite accounting for a smaller percentage of the total United States population one in every fifteen African American men are imprisoned compared to one in every 106 white men. African Americans are three times as likely to be searched during a traffic stop, twice as likely to be arrested and four times as likely to experience police use of force. In December of 2014 Matthew Destry, a circuit court judge in Florida imposed a 60 year prison sentence on a 23 year old African American male for violating the terms of his probation; Smith was driving with a suspended license, and a loaded magazine but, no gun was found in the car he was driving. Only after a petition began to circulate calling for his…

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