Racism In The New Jim Crow

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“More African Americans are under the control of the criminal justice system today – in prison or jail, on probation or parole – than were enslaved in 1850. Discrimination in housing, education, employment, and voting rights, which many Americans thought was wiped out by the civil rights laws of the 1960s, is now perfectly legal against anyone labeled a “felon’’.—said Michelle Alexander, the author of the book ‘The New Jim Crow’. In her book Michelle Alexander evokes many important issues that are running rampant in our society concerning the unfair treating of our criminal justice system towards African-Americans. "The New Jim Crow" highlights the racial dimensions of the War on Drugs, refuting its ‘real purpose’, that instead of combatting …show more content…
One of her point from the book to support her claim that the system is racist, is a by analyzing how the criminal justice system implements rules and policies that the constitution prohibits in order to target at communities of people of color. For instance, the "stop-and-frisk" rule, for example, grants police officers the ability to search individuals based on "suspicion", not probable cause, of drug activity, meaning officers do not need to respect the Fourth Amendment to search and arrest one based on reasonable evidence that a crime has been committed to place an arrest, or an crime is present to place a search. Suspicion is, in other words, saying that one is suspicious of a crime based on his dress, walk, driving ability, and as Alexander points out, skin color. This supports statistic that nearly 90 percent of drug felons are black, when whites are more likely to engage in drug …show more content…
They would make it look less apparent by using pretexts to justify the reason being stopped. I have myself, encountered a situation similar. One day at 9:00 pm on a Saturday, my friend and I was at a gas station. Because I was the driver, I was the one pumping the gas and he, as any ordinary passenger, stayed in the car in the passenger seat. When I was finished, I putted the gas pump nozzle back to its original place, and firmly twisted the cap and reached to my car and was on my way. I did not make it from a distance of two blocks when I got stopped by two detectives. One was African-American, and the other was white. As normally, they dispersed, the African-American officer came to the driver seat, and the other to the passenger seat. It was one of these horror movies as I watched in rear mirror the officer approaching with his right hand fully griped on his pistol. I felt a flashlight shedding my eyes, and yes when I looked to my right, It was the other officer, same thing, only this time he had his right hand on his pistol and flashing the car with his left hand. As I was always instructed to do, when confronted by the police, stay calm and keep my hands on the wheel and remained silent and do as they say. How can I miss this important survival rule when I am black in America? However, when he arrived to my

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