My results did show that there was differences in the way black and white students in American society view the criminal justice system. Because race can be compared to SES non-whites have a more negative view of how often police discriminate. On the other hand whites are not ignorant to the negative police discrimination non-whites face; nevertheless they feel it happens much less than it actually does, or almost never. Similar, in the courts, more non- whites feel their is discrimination. My answer to this could be that non-whites are being convicted, going to jail and receiving the death penalty, while white are the ones suing, and are not getting convicted for crimes when they are arrested.
It cannot certainly be denied. Equally undeniable is the fact that racial discrimination and prejudice are still prevalent in our society and that despite the government’s efforts, blacks get to be its victims. If schools themselves will stop being ethical how can we be sure that they will guide the students to be ethical. Utilitarian ethics states that our actions should be guided by the fairness of their consequences. What is going to be the future of the expelled kids or those who bore the brunt of racial discrimination at a very young age.
The episode of Everybody Hates Chris that was shown in class is an excellent example of the negative representations of black, lower class people in the media. Specifically, the episode addresses the common black stereotypes of having poor home lives, absent parents, and the overall belief that black people are more violent and aggressive than white people. The episode addresses the everyday stereotyping that comes in a day of the life of a lower-class black, male student at an otherwise all white middle-class school. The episode begins with Chris explaining that he had gotten involved in a fight with the school bully, Caruso, and was beaten up and lost. However, because he is black, all of the faculty and children at the school assumed that Chris did more violent and horrible things to Caruso than actually occurred, such as hurting Caruso’s family, calling him a “cracker”, and stealing his house.
In these same surveys is clearly shows that black males who murder a white male are more likely to server a longer prison sentence, than a black male murdering a another black male. This is very disturbing for many reasons, first it states that a life of a white male is a far more significant than a black male. The crime of murder is a vial act and should be judged and convicted solely on the deed, not on the skin color of the victim. This devilish discrimination puts a higher value on Caucasians and diminishes the value of life of African Americans (Estienne,... ... middle of paper ... ...the introduction pure justice discrimination plays a factor in the institutional process by unfairly violating the due process of minorities in the criminal justice system. When a criminal violates the law he/she should be judged and convicted of a crime, however the punishment should not outweigh the crime.
Jim crow laws, The KKK, and the horrible treatment towards minorities led to the continuance of racism in the country. Since the beginning of slavery, blacks have been treated unequal and when other minorities started coming to the U.S. in the 20th century, they were treated unequal as well. This has impacted 20th century American history because wnhites have always been treated better than any other race, many people could argue that this is still true today. The main cause of segregation in the 20th century were Jim Crow laws. Jim Crow laws were, racial segregation laws from 1876 to 1965 in the United States, for example "1) Reform Schools: The children of white and colored races committed to the houses of reform shall be kept entirely separate from each other.
Disproportionate arrest is the result of racial disparities in the criminal justice system rather than disproportion in offenders. The disparities in the sentencing procedure are ascribed to racial discrimination. Because police officers are also biased, people of color are more likely to be investigated than whites. Police officers practice racial profiling to arrest African Americans under situations when they would not arrest white suspects, and they are more likely to stop African Americans and see them as suspicious (Alexander 150-176). In the “Anything Can Happen With Police Around”: Urban Youth Evaluate Strategies of Surveillance in Public Places,” Michelle Fine and her comrades were inspired to conduct a survey over one of the major social issues - how authority figures use a person’s racial identity as a key factor in determining how to enforce laws and how the surveillance is problematic in public space.
The author omits critical information about many factors, which could explain the higher rate of severe sentences for African Americans than White Americans other than racial injustice. The article, “Possibility of Death Sentence Has Divergent Effect on Verdicts for Black and White Defendants” by Jack Glaser, et al. provides an excellent analysis of the racial disparities that Cholbi mentions. Glaser provides clear evidence of how factors such as sentence severity and jury selection can influence sentencing. The authors also discuss how African Americans are though of when discussing crime and how African Americans are considered like apes.
In fact, states with the death penalty have a higher murder rate than those without (“Capital Punishment”). This is actual proof that our country does not need such a horrendous punishment to attempt to halt crime. In conclusion, the death penalty has caused many problems. It has many flaws, and needs much work to even be considered to be in use. Capital punishment is cruel and immoral as well.
In addition, to let children live in the ghetto is evil. Evidence of an American society alienating children due to racism only breeds more racism. This is why children living in the Bronx already face enough hardships while growing up and do not need the addition of racial segregation. In Martin Luther King’s response to the letter from Birmingham, “all segregation statutes are unjust because segregation distorts the soul and damages the personality. It gives the segregator a false sense of superiority and the segregated a false sense of inferiority.” (Module, 11c) The readers of Amazing Grace have seen the children’s personality damaged and soul distorted.
This primarily affected African-American children because their education system was different from the white children. Negro schools had many restrictions such as reading being restricted and discarded to the libraries of the white community. Based on the attention to this advertisement through the view of the race, I read that African-American children were falsely described in the 1930’s because they lack a proper education system and they were not socially equal. Education affected the child’s self-esteem and self-worth “Education of the Negro Child” about sixty-five percent of African-American children lived life classified as retarded. Those children had trouble developing self-esteem and self-worth because the society around them saw them as uneducated and unintelligent.