Mass Incarceration During The Fourteenth Amendment Essay

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Mass Incarceration After the thirteenth amendment was passed in 1865 abolishing slavery, racial tension was still at an all-time high. The idea that white people were still superior to any other race specifically African Americans, this made things even more difficult. Due to this racial tension Jim Crow laws were created. Jim Crow laws were a racial caste system that separated black people from white people, predominantly in the south, through the years 1877 to the mid-1960s. The Jim Crow included rules such as: a black male could not offer his hand to a white man because; it implied social equality, blacks and whites were not supposed to eat together. A black man was also not allowed to offer to light the cigarette of a white female. The points of the laws were to stop black Americans from reaching an equal status to white Americans. Although the infamous Jim Crow laws came to a halt legally in 1954, there still seems to be evidence of racial barring. Mass Incarceration is said to be a modern way of accomplishing the same goal as Jim Crow. Mass Incarceration has made a sharp increase of incarceration among black men in the United States for the past forty-five years. It is also a racial caste system, very similar to Jim Crow, crafted to target and label African Americans as criminals and felons. Once labeled a criminal the government and society strips them of their basic human rights such as the right to vote, go to school, get a house or even apply for food stamps.…

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