Racism In The African American Community

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Resulting from institutional racism, there are gaping differences in the environmental quality between black and white communities. According to Robert Bullard in Richard Monk 's, Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Race and Ethnicity, “Environmental racism refers to any policy, practice, and directive, that differentially affects or disadvantages individuals, groups, or communities based on race or color” (Monk 217). Residents in African American communities experience greater health and environmental risk burdens than the society at large. This results from the nation’s environmental laws, regulations, and policies not being applied uniformly. A study by staff writers from the National Law Journal revealed that, “There …show more content…
William Bennet made the statement upon Obama’s election, “I’ll tell you one thing it means, as a former secretary of education, you don’t take any excuses anymore from anybody who says, the deck is stacked (Hiscott, par. 1). This rhetoric stated by Bennet suggests that systematic racial discrimination is no longer keeping black men and women from success. However, this is false because studies have proven that African Americans hold a great disadvantage when it comes to their education, employment, wealth and other factors of their life. Others may also argue that racism works both ways in the United States. However, there is no such thing as reverse racism. The African American race lacks the two contributing factors that must be present in order for racism to exist: privilege and power. African Americans do not have the social advantage nor do they wield the influential power to be racist. As described in Jenn Jackson’s blog, a vast majority of white Americans who remain blinded by the luxurious privilege they indulge in argue that white privilege is a fabricated ideology crafted by the African American race to compensate for their unwillingness to work hard and achieve the same accomplishments as white Americans …show more content…
The justice system blatantly targets and punishes African Americans in an exceedingly belligerent manner than white people. The war on drugs has accounted for the surge in arrest and sentences over the last four decades. Even though whites are equally engaged in drug offenses, possessions, and sales as African Americans, a report published by Human Rights Watch shows that “While African Americans comprise 13% of the US population and 14% of monthly drug users they are 37% of the people arrested for drug offenses” (Quigley, par. 5). The U.S. Department of Justice has revealed that since 1970, drug arrest have increased from three hundred twenty thousand to approximately two million; however, African Americans are arrested for drug offenses at rates 2 to 11 times higher than the rate for whites (Quigley, par. 6). Moreover, a vast majority of African American defendants are not given their fair rights of a trail. The American Bar Association has point out how only three to five percent of criminal cases go to trial, while the remaining are plea bargained; however, of those plea bargains, majority contain a promise of longer sentences if that individual decides to exercise their constitutional right to trial (Quigley, par. 11). As a result, African Americans are found caught up in the greatly flawed

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