The African-American Justice System

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It’s argued that there is racial discrimination against African Americans in today’s justice system. There are several ways prosecutors and government officials alike use their power to corrupt the law. They disguise their discrimination with laws that address, “convicted criminals” knowing full well they target African Americans and the majority of the time are placed in prison. According to Peter Hermann; Washington Post, “black people in Washington are disproportionately arrested for minor drug offenses and other petty crimes, which the group’s director says has essentially “criminalized a large portion of the African American community.” Nevertheless, this is not the only obstacle black people face. The ideal justice system punishes …show more content…
Policies that are taught to police officers, including racial profiling, play a huge part in the unjust incarceration of African Americans. These prejudiced actions hinder African American’s ability to have productive lives, causing them to find their way back into the this disgraceful criminal justice system that America lives by.

In the American legal system, there has been an increase in African Americans being incarcerated. According to, Prison Policies, “Many citizens take comfort in the belief that most crimes are committed by a handful of people from certain groups within society-poor people, Blacks…” Congress believes by throwing African Americans under the bus can create a better sense of security. The African American community is being targeted considering they’ve been the victim of other racial aggression in the past. This sense of security that Congress wants America to have has inadvertently caused a lot of stereotypes against African Americans. This has led to racial profiling, where race is used as grounds for suspecting someone of having committed a crime. In addition, police stop and search, where police officers stop
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On average black people are more prone to getting pulled over and receiving tickets. President Obama made remarks to Kim Soffen, a Washington Post reporter about his views on unjust criminal system. He stated, "[M]ost of the time I got a ticket, I deserved it. I knew why I was pulled over. But there were times where I didn't," he said. "[T]here are a lot of African-Americans — not just me — who have that same kind of story of being pulled over. ...[T]he data shows that this is not an aberration. It doesn't mean each case is a problem. It means that when you aggregate all the cases and you look at it, you've got to say that there’s some racial bias in the system." He argues from experience that black people are most likely being targeted by police to get pulled over. That it can not be by chance that black people are getting more tickets. Typically, the ones receiving the tickets have a hard time paying them off. According to Hartford Courant, “A Courant analysis shows that for the most common moving violations — speeding, traffic-light violations and stop-sign violations — black and Hispanic offenders statewide are 11 to 41 percent more likely to end up with a ticket than are white offenders stopped for the same offense”. This is irrefutable evidence of the immense racism and bias in the police department. The system becomes unjust when two people of

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