African Americans And The Criminal Justice System Essay

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The criminal justice system in the United States has increasingly targeted people of color, more specifically African Americans, for crimes that they may have not committed. A huge number of incarcerated African Americans have been wrongfully convicted within the past 20 years. Through the creation of the national police force in 1893, African Americans have had a target on their back. Ever since the establishment of Jim Crows Laws in the 1890s through “separate but equal,” racism has been prominent in society. Through systematic racism, many Americans assume that Africans Americans are more likely to be engaging in criminal activity. By locking up African Americans in prisons, the criminal justice system justifies their racism and discrimination.
The creation of the police grew from the basic concept of slave being controlled by a slave-owner. Slave patrols later became the modern institution of police departments with the sole purpose of controlling minorities (Alexander, 2010, p.10). Since slavery was fully institutionalized into the United States government, the policing of said “property” was originally a southern affair that became apart of society. The similarities between slave patrols and modern policing is too noticeable to ignore. After the creation of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1860s, lynching occurred all over the US. Over 1300 allegations of racial profiling were presented to the LAPD from 2012 to 2014 (Alexander, 2010, p.10). In the past, the LAPD have had the…

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