Essay on Racism And The American Justice System

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Racism in the American Justice System
Forms of crime and justice have been relevant and can be traced all the way back to the first civilized societies of the Ancient world. Fortunately these systems have reformed to reflect changing customs, political ideals, and economic conditions of a given society. That being said, one would think that America’s justice system would be one of the most progressive in the world. However, looking at the overwhelming evidence, the it is actually to the contrary. As the book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness outlines, it has been proven that the American criminal justice system is in fact, inherently racist.
The first example of how this is true is that the War on Drugs is really a reformed and more inclusive version of the Jim Crow. The Jim Crow laws were both state and local laws that levied racial segregation in the Southern United States. They mandated de jure racial segregation in all public facilities in states of the former Confederate States of America. These laws also institutionalized a variety of economic, educational, and social disadvantages. These laws had striking resembles to the modern day metaphorical “War on Drugs”. The only distinction is that past systems of racism in American history were more outwardly racist. Pictures of “whites only” and “we don’t serve blacks or mexicans” flash through the mind when term outwardly racist comes up. Today’s racism has taken a
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