Example Of Institutional Racism

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When I was a freshman in high school there was a big problem with racism in my school. My best friend is an African American, Cain. In one of my classes with Cain there was another student who was a farmer. He was extremely racist. Every day he would have some new racial slur to say to Cain. He would not stop saying racist things to Cain. Cain tried ignoring him but the student still felt the need to provoke Cain by being as racist as possible. Every day for a semester and a little bit into next semester Cain was being bullied for being an African American by this man. It was absolutely ridiculous and kept getting worse. Eventually Cain got fed up with this and ended up getting him expelled. This process was not easy for Cain. The school …show more content…
One example of this was slavery. It could be argued that slavery is the institutional racism towards African Americans in today’s society. Slavery is defined as “a civil relationship in which one person has absolute power over the life, fortune and liberty of another.” (West’s encyclopedia of American Law) In essence, basic rights and privileges that whites were born with, African Americans were not allowed to have. Slavery is the worst type of institutional racism there is. Slavery treated African Americans as second class citizens. The slave codes reassured making sure African Americans would not be treated the same as whites. The slave codes pretty much took away all of their constitutional rights. For example, under the slave codes a slave’s first amendment was taken away. Slaves were not able to talk freely, assemble freely, or even be taught how to read or write. This is institutional racism at its most extreme form. Violations of the slave codes resulted in many brutal punishments. One was death. Another was whipping and branding. Along with African Americans being slaves, they were heavily discriminated against. There were many racial slurs that whites would say to the slaves. There were lynching’s, where were killing of African Americans just because they were black. Slavery was getting out of hand and eventually President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. The …show more content…
One example of institutional racism is in the criminal justice system. People of color or other race are treated much differently. For example, they are punished in a more aggressive way than a white person. As Bill Quigley, a law professor at Loyola University, states “police stop blacks and Latinos at rates that are much higher than whites. In New York City, where people of color make up about half of the population, 80% of the NYPD stops were of blacks and Latinos. When whites were stopped, only 8% were frisked. When blacks and Latinos are stopped 85% were frisked.” This statistic proves that African American and Latinos are treated in a much harsher way compared to whites. Having 85% of African Americans and Latinos be searched compared to whites being searched 8% of the time is ridiculous. Law enforcement should not be pulling over someone only because of their race. They should be pulling over someone for doing something illegal. One job of a law enforcement officer is to promote peace throughout society. Racially discriminating against people is almost the exact opposite of that. Another example of racism in the criminal justice system is that African Americans are more likely to stay in prison awaiting trial. For instance, “Blacks are 33% more likely to be detained awaiting felon trials than whites facing felony trails.” (Quigley) Sitting in prison is something no one wants to do. From

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