Racism And Discrimination In The United States

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The United States is thought to be the melting pot country where racism and discrimination are no longer an issue and equality spreads its wings across the nation. However, that is not the reality. In recent years, race has become a predominant issue that has been a cause of many people losing their lives. However, many people argue that race has nothing to do with the way African Americans and Hispanics are being treated blame the culture for the consequences minorities, specifically African Americans and Hispanics go through. Studies conducted across the United States conclude that African Americans are twice and three times more likely to get the death penalty of the victim is white. In addition, people from both African American and Hispanic …show more content…
In the 21st century racism has revived and has become a more powerful issue that has claimed the life of many and for others to live their lives in fear. The court system has changed and every day, decisions are made based on the race of the criminal proving the system favors one race over another and one life over another. According to a recent study by Professor Katherine Beckett of the University of Washington, “jurors in Washington are three times more likely to recommend a death sentence for a black defendant than for a white defendant in a similar case” (Beckett, Evans). It is proven that Jurors in the court room are more likely to sentence those who are financially unstable and are either African American and are Hispanic the death penalty more than they sentence Caucasians. This is an unfair treatment of both of these two races because the court system is not upholding the laws it abides by. The system is also not being fair to the citizens of this country in which their rights are being taken away from …show more content…
The term “racial profiling” was first used for the reoccurring “practice of singling out Blacks and other racial and ethnic groups for increased police scrutiny in hopes of preventing and reducing crime” (Withrow, 2006). There has been reports that many African Americans and Hispanics have been forced to stop driving because police officers suspect them of being a criminal. Society has constructed a stereotype where African Americans are seen as nothing else but thieves and drug addicts. Hispanics on the other hand, are portrayed to be as poor immigrants who are in America illegally. These stereotypes are very much inaccurate, yet, people still believe them and as a result, many are hurt by it. A police officer doesn’t have the right to stop someone and ask for papers because they “look suspicious or illegal”. Many Hispanics, especially in the southwestern part of the United States are racially profiled every day. Most are asked for papers and often if they don’t speak English, then they are automatically suspected of coming to the United States

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