Structure And Connections Between Black People, Native Americans, Or Illegal Immigrants
Social Justice Period 3
September 20, 2016
Structures and Connections
The racism that exists against black people, Native Americans, or illegal immigrants might appear absurd to some, but assigning people to a lower social class based on race has had a profound impact on the history of our nation. Democracy in the United States as recalled in Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is a “…government of the people by the people for the people…” (Lincoln). But who is actually granted the privileges of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” and who is subjected to inferior treatment (US Declaration Ind.)? Just the color of one’s skin could grant a state of opportunity or a state of slavery.
The US has seen a surge in arrests and putting people in jail over the last four decades. Most of the reason is the war on drugs. Yet whites and blacks engage in drug offenses, possession and sales, at roughly comparable rates – according to a report on race and drug enforcement published by Human Rights Watch in May 2008. 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 – according to 2009 Congressional testimony by Marc Mauer of The Sentencing Project (Bill Quigley). The police stop blacks and Latinos at rates that are much higher than whites. In New York City, where people of color make up about half of the population, 80% of the NYPD stops were of blacks and…