Unit 2 Review #3, Race in The United States Criminal Justice System (Wikipedia) September 25, 2018 This article clearly demonstrates how racial disparities in the justice system are not something new to our country. From the founding of our country minorities have been treated unfairly and it continues even today. The beginning was taking land away from the Native Americans and having lynching laws that justified these acts on minorities, calling them necessities. In the construction of the United States Constitution in 1789, slavery and white supremacy were made part of the justice system, as citizens were defined as free white men. If you did not fall other this category the laws and rights of citizenship did not apply, therefore you were not protected under any laws. We see a timeline of crimes, riots, and trials from the 1760s all the way until the 1960s of minorities being targeted and mistreated while the justice system did nothing about it.
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