Discrimination is within the criminal-justice system. A man named Roger Williams was beat on by multiple police officers for no reason but being black. Roger was pulled over because he was black. At least five cops beat him and it was caught on camera. Policemen should be held accountable for their racist activities.
Policemen might argue that they are not racists but, statistics prove that to be false. Officers pull over far more minorities than whites. The view of these police officers is that the African-American criminals who do the crimes, cry racism(Hall). "The black criminal is the clear and present danger, and most black folks know this to be true", said Patrick Hall(Hall). There is a deep concern about the majority of law-abiding citizens victimized by black people(Hall). One in three black males are under criminal supervision("No). Most criminals are black, so that is what police look for(Hall). For every 100,000 people in the state of Washington, 161 Caucasians are incarcerated compared to 1,392 African-Americans(MacDonald). At this rate, 28.5 percent of black men will be incarcerated at least once during their lives; a rate 6 times greater than for Caucasians(Quigley). Senator Hilary Clinton said, "disgrace of a criminal-justice system that incarcerates so many more African-Americans proportionately than whites"(Hall).The justice system acts as if minorities are of less value than whites. The criminal system is more lenient with whites. Blacks are more likely to receive prison sentences simply because of the color of their skin; therefore, many more minorities are arrested than whites. Blacks are more likely to remain in prison awaiting trail than whites because of the racism in the criminal-justice system. Removing the right to vote from millions, and essentially warehousing a disposable population of unwanted people, like a new caste system.
If the system stays this way a lot more people will be in jail. Former Senator Barack Obama said, "Blacks are at very different rates, are convicted at very different rates, [and] receive very different sentences...for the same crime"(Hall). By putting more people in jail the human rights are taken away, they can no longer vote. Blacks are frequently illegally excluded from criminal jury service. Black Americans make up only 12.7% of the U.S. population, blacks make up 48.2% of adults in federal, state, or local prisons and jails(MacDonald, "Mandatory"). According to the 1998 Federal National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, 72% of users were White and 15% were Blacks(MacDonald, "Mandatory"). Latino males have a 17% chance to get a harsh sentencing while whites have a 6 % chance(Quigley). Trials are rare, 3 to 5% of criminal cases go to trail, the rest are plea bargained most black defendants never get a trail(Quigley). Houston County, Alabama records state that 8 out of 10 blacks qualified for jury service have been struck by prosecuted from serving on death penalty cases(Quigley). A dramatic rise in the prison and jail population over the last three decades to 2.3 million people at the end of 2007(MacDonald, "Is"). In 2006, blacks were 37.5% of all the state and federal prisoners(MacDonald, "Is"). The racist system is to blame.
The more people that are in jail the further our country goes into debt. It cost thousands of dollars every year to uphold jails and prisons depending on the number of inmates. About 1 and 33 black men were in prison in 2006(MacDonald). Mass incarceration is a serious social and economic problem, as each of the 2.3 million American prisoners costs an average of about $25,000 per year("No"). Only 5% of black job applicants with criminal records receive a call back from a job they applied for after getting out of jail while, whites have a rate of 17%(Quigley). The U.S. rate of incarceration is 5 to 8 times higher than other highly developed countries and black males...