Modern Day Racism and Discrimination



Modern Day Racism and Discrimination

Institutional Racism: The Criminal Justice Field

The criminal justice system is a clear example that racism and discrimination exists in real form. It is so evident that one need not to see the racial po5ralization happening in the American society. According to a report by Huffpost, black men are 6 times as likely to be incarcerated as whites and Hispanics are 2.3 times likely.  The discrimination of blacks in the criminal justice system happens in several forms and the following is just a number of them:Modern Day Racism and Discrimination

Search. There is a more likelihood of black drivers having their cars stopped than white drivers. Data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics reveal that police are three times more likely to search a stopped black driver’s car than that of a white driver. Furthermore, black drivers are more likely to be pulled over and less likely to receive a reason for being stopped.

Drug Use. Federal data reveal that police officers arrest blacks involved in drug crimes at twice the rate of whites. This is despite the fact that the rate at which whites use drugs is comparable with that of blacks and the rate of selling is comparable or even higher than that of blacks.

Jail. Black Americans who have been subjected to trials are more likely to be jailed. A 2014 study conducted in New York City reveals that blacks were more likely to be in custody while awaiting trials in comparison to whites or other communities.

Exclusion from Juries. According to a research conducted in North Carolina, prosecutors excluded black people from juries in capital cases at twice the rate of other jurors, even when controlling for legitimate justifications for striking jurors, such as employment status or reservations about the death penalty.

Police Charges. In as much as there have been many cases of cops killing innocent blacks in America, very few have been charged. As for those charged, fewer have been successful in terms of conviction. a most recent example is the Philado Castile’s manslaughter case with former officer Yenez.

It is worrying that institutional racism has grown within the criminal justice field. William Dubois (an author, pan Africanist and civil rights activist) worked hard to end institutional racism and the disenfranchisement of the vast majority of African Americans during the progressive era. He vehemently opposed the Jim Crow discriminatory laws which institutionalized racial segregation in public facilities and disadvantaged the blacks in economic, educational and social life. He strongly protested the discrimination in employment and education. He was a spearhead of Niagara movement and NAACP which fought for racial equality. However, it is still alarming that in this day and age, institutional racism is still practiced and worse still, in a body expected to protect and promote not just justice but equity and equality for all.

Racial Profiling and Segregation-modern Day Racism and Discrimination

Racial profiling is another common form of present day racism. Everyday untold numbers of Americans are the targets of racial profiling because of their ethnic background. African Americans have to grapple with the “burden” of being black which includes being disproportionately treated and targeted. While there is no scientific or genetic proof that would warrant the mistreatment and stereotype accorded to blacks, the society is yet to apt with the fact that we are all humans and should be treated with respect and dignity, regardless of race or color along other characteristics.

After being a subject of racial profiling and segregation, Thurgood Martial became a civil right lawyer. He made his ranks to the Supreme Court and overturned the judicial precedent on segregation principals of separate but equal. Interestingly, even to this day, some people would feel superior to others on the misguided basis of race or color.