Systemic Racism

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Systemic Racism: United States Divided Does racism still exist? Yes, racism is alive and well. And can be found in the form of systemic racism. Despite laws existing to make racism illegal, racism never ended, it just evolved in a way where African Americans don’t even realize that it is very present in their day-to-day lives. The United States legal system is practicing systemic racism to perpetuate racism and oppress minority races by giving unequal sentencing for the same crime, racial profiling of minorities, and holding those of authority unaccountable for their abuse of power.
The United States legal system is being more lenient towards Caucasian criminal offenders than those of other minorities or ethnicity. According to an article
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Luiza Filimon addresses this in her article, published in about a “class action lawsuit, Floyd, et al. v. The city of New York, et al., brought against City of New York, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and police officers.” addresses the New York Police Department racial profiling of ethnic and minority people and their unconstitutional stop and frisk because they felt that person was suspicious. As well as how police abuse became a normalcy in the black community” (Filimon, 2015). The police illegally stopping people because of the color of their skin or their ethnicity has made it possible for the police to illegal invade people’s privacy not only harassing innocent citizens but gave unauthorized access to criminals. Resulting in more people of minority and ethnic backgrounds to have a record and making them more likely to go to jail for extended periods of time as well as having a …show more content…
It may not be in the same form that the people of previous centuries and decades remember. Some citizens are used to it they don’t even know they have been subjected to systemic racism. The United States use of systemic racism in its legal system oppresses those of minorities and ethnic people by allowing those in the legal system to give unequal sentencing, practice racial profiling, and enabling them not to be held accountable for their abuse of authority. Resulting in more and more people of minority and ethnic background being unable to break from their poor status and enslavement by being incarcerated. To break from the United States systemic racism minorities and people of ethnic backgrounds should empower themselves through education and seeking positions in the legal system, so they are no longer perpetuating racism and oppression through

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