Racial Segregation And The American Justice System Essay

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Blacks have been stereotyped to be criminals since the slavery era. The stereotypes of blacks being criminals led to justifying keeping black slaves and other types of discrimination (Kennedy, 1998, pg 13). After slavery, blacks were believed to have a tendency to commit horrendous crimes. This led to the justification for their lynchings and policies to control blacks (Kennedy, 1998, pg 13). Politicians and the media have also supported the stereotype of blacks and their involvement in crime (Kennedy, 1998, pg 13), especially violent crime that the public fears most. Blacks have also largely committed violent crimes such as robbery, murder, rape and aggravated assault disproportionately higher than whites (Kennedy, 1998, 13). In this paper, we will look at issues around the racial disparity problem in the American justice system that cause blacks to be imprisoned at disportionately high rates.
Racial Injustice Whites have historically been seen as ‘good’ and have been associated with angels and Jesus; blacks have been associated with the opposite of whites, including being seen as dangerous and stupid (Myrdal, G., 1944). Racial prejudice has affected blacks in housing, social welfare programs, and poor schooling (Kennedy, 1998, pg 14). Findings have suggested that employment status and race is linked to the perception of the ability to be reformed and the dangerousness of the offender (Spohn, C., & Holleran, 2000). Unemployed blacks are seen to be more threatening than…

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