`` Just Mercy `` By Bryan Stevenson Essay

764 Words Mar 7th, 2016 4 Pages
In the great country of the United States, most citizens of this society see what they want to see but never the reality of the criminal justice system. Bryan Stevenson’s book, “Just Mercy”, is his own perspective of what it is really like being a lawyer for wrongly convicted people in hopes of reform in the criminal justice system. After the shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman in 2012, many citizens countrywide was outraged at the fact that Zimmerman was not imprisoned for murdering an innocent seventeen year old. This sparked the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter movement. This movement alone brought attention to the inequality and violence against African-Americans internationally. Since then, many incidents happened to African-Americans around the United States was brought attention on the national news. For example, Sandra Bland, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Michael Brown, and many more were all unarmed and killed by the police. Although Stevenson’s book focuses on the crimes of the southern part of the U.S, he points out the injustice system of our country and emphasizes racial discrimination and poverty, children being sent to adult prisons, and his client Walter McMillan. Ever since the Brown v. Board of Education case in 1954, the discrimination against black people has risen. Yes, the case has ended the segregation of black and white students, but some white people believe they have supremacy over the blacks, thus joining the Ku Klux Klan hate group. The…

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