Essay on Cultural And Structural Of The United States

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Cultural and Structural Racism in the United States

In 2010, white people made up about 64% of the population of the United States, African Americans about 13%, and Hispanic people about 16%. However, this doesn’t carry over to those incarcerated in U.S. prisons and jails. 39% of those incarcerated are white, an entire 40% are African American, and 19% are Hispanic. This widespread disparity doesn’t just come from one racist cop, or one racially biased law, it comes from centuries of cumulative disadvantages all biased against those not perceived as white. Unfortunately for those who work tirelessly to combat this cultural racism, it would be easier to find parts of the criminal justice system that didn’t benefit from stereotypes and biases that it would to find all of those that did. Specific examples of the structural racism that runs rampant in our society starts with social disorganization in the community and racially biased police work, followed by racial and income motivated laws and prosecution, and culminating with a demonization and abandonment of inmates once released.
Social disorganization is a theory that explores how urban areas with lower socioeconomic status, higher rates of population turnover, less adult involvement and other factors can lead to low organizational involvement and less attachment to things that inspire lawfulness, which can then lead to delinquency and crime. Some researchers believe that this, plus the unofficial yet completely…

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