Eng 112- N03
November 15, 2011
Arguing a Position Essay-“What Color is Justice”
What is Justice? As defined by Dictionary.com; it is the quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, moral rightness: to hold the justice of a cause. Conformity to this principle, as manifested in conduct; just conduct, dealing, or treatment. When I read the different explanations of the word Justice, all were fitting to give a concise clarification on this subject within the judicial systems all across the world. Historically, African American men are more likely to be incarcerated or imprisoned than any other race. Inequalities towards the African American population appear to be bias and at times racially motivated. This is not a new epidemic of racial injustice plaguing society. Since the beginning of established settlements there has always been some type of superior and inferior race issues ( ). Historically, this race has endured such punishments as, lynchings
during the civil rights era to current convictions such as in the case of Anthony Davis, sentenced to death for a crime surrounded by and based on circumstantial evidence and police corruption. These types of courtroom verdicts are suspect and deserve a closer look and re-evaluation of the legal system. For the most part, the common African American criminal is concerned with survival. A large percentage of the criminal activity committed by these individuals is to provide for their daily needs and the needs of their family members. These actions tend to give a false perception of the African American culture as negative. Overall, America’s image to the world is a land of prosperity and equality. However, time and time again this has not been the case for African Americans entangled within the judicial system. The constitutional Bill Of Rights purpose is to provide all humans with a harmonious existence. In some respect the purpose of this documents has be questioned and re-evaluated for interpretation as it relates to fairness for all people (pg# HIS book).
The Fourteenth Amendment is the foundation that focuses on equal protection and the due process clause that is to be utilized for all Americans. Dating back to the 1700’s, during the beginning, the Bill of
Rights main issues of applying the amendments in a fair concise manner to meet the needs of the government as well as the people has been a concern (pg# Bill of rights). Several factors come into existence when attempting to determine whether or not the system is bias over one race or another.
Let us take a look at some possible key factors that could have a major impact on this vicious cycle of incarceration within these communities. The incarceration rate for African American males is six times greater than any other race. From a personal standpoint, I have had several family members to be incarcerated for extended periods of time, with felony convictions ranging from murder to armed robbery. I previously mentioned the survival criminal that is constantly looking for a way to provide the everyday necessities, while also trying not to walk through the revolving judicial door. The intended goal of the justice system is to rehabilitate the criminal and deter him or her from any future illegal offenses (pg # Moral Book). However, the goal is almost rarely achieved and the system has failed its intended purpose. Without providing some form of assistance, to include social/ job skills, housing, and mental/ physical health needs to reintegrate an ex con back into society the cycle just continues. Convicts and the affected family Alexander 4
members are the individuals dealing with the ever pressing question of why the justice system outcome does not work in the favor of African American habitual offenders. There are more African American males locked away behind prison walls then are enrolled in...