Being An African American Essay

1902 Words Dec 6th, 2016 8 Pages
Being an African American in America is a tough job as it is but being an African American student trying to further your education is even harder. Today African American people continue to be unreasonably incarcerated, policed, and sentenced to death at a much higher rate than their white equivalents. On top of this, racial inconsistencies in the criminal-justice system weaken communities of color by alienating thousands by limiting voting rights by making it so that voter laws stop people with felony convictions to vote which unequal impact African American men. An estimated 5.3 million Americans in 2012 were denied the right to vote based on a past felony conviction and there were 6 million lost voters accounted for in 2016. Felony exclusion is exaggerated by racial differences in the criminal justice system which denied 13 percent of African American men the right to vote. Felony exclusion policies have led to 11 states denying the right to vote to over 10 percent of the African American population. The African American youth has much higher rates of juvenile imprisonment and are more likely to be sentenced to adult prison. According to the Sentencing Project, even though African American juvenile youth only makes up about 16 percent of the youth population, 37 percent of their cases are progressed to criminal court and about 58 percent of African American youth are sent to adult prisons. While African American people make up about 30 percent of the United States…

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