Hetter 1 Analis Hetter Professor Gunn SOC 244 31 March 2017 Race and Ethnicity: A Deeper Understanding—Justice System Midterm Essay The United States of America today claims to be proud of its greatness and its embodiment of multicultural perspectives, however, many refuse to reflect on social constructions that were molded by impractical justifications against different people. The concept of racism is something that the majority of Americans struggle with discussing. It has been claimed that racism is a product of social structure, but the only reason it still exists today is because people still enforce it. Racism and discrimination play into our lives on a daily basis in regards to education, the work force, and our justice system. The most evident form of current day discrimination can be found in the U.S. incarceration data, where non-white people are incarcerated more than Caucasians, or white people. It is important to work towards living in a colorblind society where all are treated equally. Realistically, the only way to work towards this goal is to encourage open communication between people of all races, and also diminish the number of impractical justifications and stereo-types targeted towards groups of people. The United States of America, also known to be a land of “equal rights and opportunity,” carries a history of negativity from oppression of specific groups of people. The U.S. government is supposed to protect the life, rights, and property of its citizen’s, however, the government does not always resolve issues that are claimed to be
Hetter 2 Constitutional. For example, the 13 th and 15 th amendment are constantly referenced and analyzed today due to their lack of power and relevance within today’s society. Jails today, for instance, can be seen to violate both the 13 th and 15 th amendment as they legally enslave people, specifically African- Americans, by finding a loophole through the 13 th amendment. The 2016 crime film/documentary, 13 th , identifies and explains the racial inequality that is present today within jail cells that primarily incarcerate African- Americans over people of other races. As stated in the film, out of the two million people incarcerated today, “one out of every three black men, and one out of every seventeen white males can expect to go to jail in their lifetime.”
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