Stereotypes Of Black People Essay

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The stereotypes of black individuals in today’s society is mostly that they are lazy, uneducated, loud, and overly aggressive, not everyone believes this, but enough do. Media chooses to highlight the stereotype that blacks are more dangerous, by making it seem as if they are involved in a higher number of crimes than they actually are involved. Media outlets are able to do this by covering crimes that involve black people at a higher rate than they cover crimes that blacks are not involved. According to a study comparing TV crime reports, and the NYPD’s average arrest rates, media outlets skew peoples’ beliefs on things that may not be factual. For example, 54 percent of murders in 2015 were committed or allegedly committed by black people, …show more content…
The researchers found that respondents overestimated actual black participation in those crimes by approximately 20 to 30 percent. Media chooses a side and runs with it, making everyone who watches or reads those segments, biased on situations, whether they believe their views are being influenced or not. The stereotype that black people are more dangerous than others will likely always be present in America, but it should not be emphasized in our media or court …show more content…
The Courts are to sentence individuals on the basis of retribution, incapacitation, deterrence, and rehabilitation. There have been a number of cases recently showing the irregularities in the criminal justice system when it comes to the way they treat black and white people. These irregularities directly go against the constitutional right of equal protection, protected under the Fourteenth Amendment. In a study conducted by a University of Kansas professor, found that police conducted investigatory stops of black males at twice the rate of whites. A black man in Kansas City, who is 25 or younger, has a 28 percent chance of being stopped compared to that of a white male in the same age range, who only has a 12 percent chance of being stopped. In addition, once blacks are stopped, during a traffic stop, they are three times as likely to be searched compared to white drivers. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, blacks are imprisoned at twice the rate of white people in the United States. In 2010, cases involving marijuana blacks are arrested for marijuana possession at 3.7 times the rate of whites, but only use marijuana at 1.3 times that of whites. The use of Mr. Buck’s race in his sentencing hearing is astounding due to the Court’s effort to eliminate racial discrimination from the legal

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