Gender Inequality In The Courtroom

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When thinking about how equality is represented in society, we think of every possible situation whereas society should represent equality for all. The only equality alive in this society, is only presented to caucasians. You can ask an African American person if they feel like they’re treated the same as caucasians, and they will disagree. Society is blindly unaware of the issues happening in this country, especially in courtrooms when African Americans are assigned a harsh punishment for a crime committed. In this world, caucasians have an advantage in this society and everybody seems to acknowledge it. What a large majority of society doesn 't seem to realize with caucasians having the advantage is that African Americans don 't have the …show more content…
If you are an African American present in a courtroom, you don’t necessarily know what to expect because discrimination is still happening, even in a courtroom. According to the article Race, Punishment, and the Michael Vick Experience, the author Wiley-Blackwell writes: “In general, minorities (especially African Americans) are more likely than whites to perceive injustice in the criminal justice system. These “injustice” perceptions are strongest when questions are framed more generally about the system as a whole and with respect to police decision making--- most recently evinced within the context of racial profiling”(pg. 536). This article is in discussion of the truth behind the criminal justice system. The author first introduces how the minorities are in fact not receiving the full fairness they should be receiving. The author then reveals that the unfairness and discrimination towards African Americans can cause the police and criminal justice system problems. “To the extent that police are negatively affecting blacks’ perception of the criminal justice system, not only may they be less likely to comply with authorities, but they are also more likely to deem criminal justice outcomes as less just. This may influence the perception of blacks such that punishments are seen as biased or too harsh”( Blackwell, 538). The author demonstrates that the …show more content…
A majority of society sadly cannot say they feel as if justice for all applies to them as well. There are no possible courses of action that will have African Americans believe that they do have justice. The only action that makes them think otherwise is society and their unfair criminal justice system. In the article Racial Disparities in Sentencing, Jennifer Turner does extensive research on the criminal justice system assigning sentencings to certain races. She brings awareness in her article of the injustice certain races are retrieving. “Black male federal defendants receive longer sentences than whites arrested for the same offense and with comparable criminal histories” (Turner, 1). This is proof that African Americans are not receiving the justice they deserve. It’s not about the history at all, nor is it because the African American individual’s crime they committed resulted in that harsh punishment. It’s the injustice towards African American that the system presents. Just as our authorized officers react when they witness an African American doing anything out of the ordinary, they quickly predict they are up to suspicious acts. Authorized officers do make mistakes when verbally arresting an African American. Authorized officers presume just because of the color of their skin, they deserve to be beaten, and tazed, and possibly shot while under arrest. The mistake an officer makes

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