Black people are accused of taking and selling drugs, but white people are the ones doing both.Both Black and white people do sell and take drugs, but the difference in punishment is night andday. When Black people get caught selling or using drugs they are always given the mostextreme punishments, while white people walk away with a slap on the wrist. The system isbasically giving white people the green light to break the law. They are able to use drugs, andkill in broad day light without having to face the consequences. Black bodies, on the other hand,13 Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, P. 106
Belk 9are subject to stop and frisk no matter who or where they are. Cops purposefully aim to confrontAfrican American men in their cars, homes, and neighborhoods. This not only makes Black menand women feel like they have to watch their backs, but it is also humiliating and oppressive.For a lot of African American’s America is one big jail to them because they have cops sittingoutside their homes watching their every move, Kalief Browder’s life story is the perfectexample of this. Kalief Browder Kalief Browder was 16 years old when he was blamed for stealing a backpack. Browderspent three years in jail, two of those years were spent in solitary confinement.14He never got tohave his day in court and he was never proven guilty. Browder’s time in jail was anything buteasy especially because he had several fights with corrections officers and other inmates.Eventually, Browder was released from jail, but jail followed him home because “he almost14Michael Schwirtz, Michael Winerip, Kalief Browder, Held at Rikers Island for 3 Years Without Trial, Commits Suicide, New York Times, June 8, 2015. Accessed May 10, 2018. -commits-suicide.html
Belk 10recreated the conditions of solitary” shutting himself in his bedroom for long periods. “He wasvery uncomfortable being around people, especially in large groups…”15Browder was neverfound guilty of stealing a backpack, but he was being treated like he did something terriblywrong. Before going to jail Kalief was a normal teenage boy, but after Kalief was traumatizedby the things he had to go through in jail all alone at a young age. Kalief was different and hiswhole family noticed his odd behavior. Kalief tried to reincorporate himself back into society,but the damage was already done. Browder even tried to commit suicide when he was in jail.He was in his cell ready to take his own life while the correction officers watched and teasedhim. These same officers then took Kalief out of his cell to beat him after he had just tried tocommit suicide.16To make matters worse, Kalief’s mother was never told about this incident.