In today’s America, the people of our society have a multiple views and opinions about the crime rate throughout the United States. Statistically over 10% of male African-Americans will have been incarcerated at least once during their lives. (Invisible Punishment, Mauer and Chesney, pg 166-168). From these statistics we have a base to coordinate our views about crime.
Racism is a major theoretical reason that causes crime. When a typical white man hears about a homicide that occurred within a big city such as Los Angeles, they would most likely assume that the suspect was a black male or Hispanic. African- Americans have been part of a huge racial conflict throughout our society for years. During the civil war era blacks were consider a nothing to society. They were used as hard working slaves that tended to the white families and neutered there farm fields. Most slaves chose not to run away. Historians estimate that only a fraction fled slavery. Millions more lived in bondage, where they fought slavery in subtle ways: work slowdowns, sabotage, and “sickness.” This is one of the major starting points where African-American groups became deviant.
Soon after the civil war ended, slavery was a lot less prevalent around the US. Slavery was coming to almost a complete halt. But this didn’t stop the racism towards blacks. The problem we have in our society is that we are all arrogant to one another. And that is everyone’s problem when it comes to racism.
There are over two million Americans incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails throughout the United States. More than one-half, or one million, are black men and women. While civil rights organizations like the NAACP (National Association for the Advancement of Colored People) and black institutions such as churches and mosques have begun to address this widespread crisis of black mass imprisonment, they have frankly not given it the centrality and importance it... [continues]
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