Racial Discrimination In The Criminal Justice System

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It has been over fifty years since the Civil Rights Movement and racism until now remains at large within our society. Discrimination against people of color is prevalent in many areas: employment, education, housing, and most notably: the criminal justice system. Fifty years ago, law enforcement would spray down black protesters marching for their rights with a fire hose and release dogs on them; not much has changed with the way police officers treat people of color and the way with which the legal system treats them. Though there have been advances made towards racial equality, racial prejudice has troubled our society until now.
The United States maintains the world’s most prisoners; African Americans make up most of that incarcerated
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“Our criminal laws, while facially neutral, are enforced in a manner that is massively and pervasively biased. The injustices of the criminal justice system threaten to render irrelevant fifty years of hard-fought civil rights progress” (Justice On Trial: Racial Disparities in the American Criminal Justice System). Though the United States constitution grants everyone equal rights, and the Pledge of Allegiance dictates, “Liberty and justice for all,” that is not the case for minorities, immigrants, and especially, undocumented immigrants. The truth of the matter is that undocumented immigrants have the term “illegal” within their name; even if they did not commit a crime, their presence here is in itself a crime. This extends to all people of color; even citizens have a time being treated fairly by the police and other entities that implement the …show more content…
“Young black males in recent years were at a far greater risk of being shot dead by police than their white counterparts – 21 times greater” (Gabrielson, Grochowski, and Sagara). From Emmet Till to Trayvon Martin to Mike Brown, African American youth are savagely being killed off, and their killers are frequently getting away with murder. These are just three widely known cases where young, black, youth were murdered in cold-blood; there are hundreds that go overlooked by the media. It is either police officers, or some other group with privilege that get away with killing innocent black youth; they probably think they are cleaning up the streets or they think that their life is in danger; either way, stereotypes are endangering the lives of young, black youth. The legal system is not doing much to seek justice for these victims who lost their lives to racism, when the killers are

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