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Unformatted text preview: Final Copy December 7, 2005 Toil in the U.S. Judicial System The overturn of the 1896 landmark Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson was to be the theoretical end of segregation and discrimination in the United States. Americans, regardless of skin color, were to be given the very same civil and individual rights that every citizen was rightfully entitled to. The joyous end of the Jim Crow era was to be a notable advancement in societal ways and practices toward ending bigotry and discrimination. Instead, these law cases were not the answer in the way in which we perceived they would be. While the rulings of these court cases are hypothetically being carried out, discrimination has been able to continue, and is still a common practice that has extended to present day. The distinguished difference is the way in which discrimination has been disguised, so it can prevail in the further oppression of many races from equal rights. Discrimination even after illegal bans through court rulings is still eminent from the unjust treatment of African-American males in present court rulings, trials, and racial profiling by our very own government authorities; illustrating the failure of current policy towards discrimination. Racial injustice in the Californian courts has led many African-American males to prison, which further illustrates that discrimination continues to occur long after Plessy v. Ferguson. In a recent study performed by Reverend Eugene Williams at the University of Southern Californias Center for Religion and Civic Culture, his team has been able to document through research that, Less than four percent of California's population consists of African American ... but approximately 40 out of every 100 men in California prisons, jails and the parole system are black (Aubry NP). Nationally, approximately 32 percent of African-American males ages 20-29 are in prison, jail, on probation or parole daily, replies Rose Matsui Ochi of the American Bar Association publication The Judges Journal (Aubry NP). These shocking numbers further suggest that there is clearly discrimination occurring against the individuals who encompass this racial category. In the year 1993 approximately 2.3 million black men were sent to jail or prison, and at the same time only 23,000 received a college diploma (Aubry). Ochi proclaims, It appears that African American men are arrested more often, charged more severely, convicted more frequently and sentenced more harshly than other Americans(Aubry). These statements continue to reinforce the idea that something is clearly not right. Since the ruling of Plessy v. Ferguson case over a century ago, reforms toward color blind justice shouldve already occurred. These unjust rulings taking place are not isolated to just California, but throughout the nation they are staying with our society. Singling out African-American males causes our nation to continue to keep these issues with us and...
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This note was uploaded on 02/19/2009 for the course ENG ENG 208 taught by Professor Unknown during the Spring '09 term at Washtenaw.
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