2 discuss how negative stereotypes of race ethnicity

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2. Discuss how negative stereotypes of race/ ethnicity, class and gender are reflected in the criminal justice system. How can racism in the system be reduced or at least combated?
A negative stereotype of race/ ethnicity, class and gender defiantly reflects the criminal justice system in a lot of ways. In my opinion it “allows” the criminal justice system to prejudge a victim or “criminal” based off of their social class as a whole, which isn’t fair to the victim and criminal (regardless of the crime committed). For example a young black man walks into a high end department store, he gets accused of stealing based off looks alone and based on the stereotype associated with being a young black man. A better example would be the “Stop and Frisk” law in New York City. Police officers are allowed to stop and frisk people who they suspect to be drug dealers, carrying drugs, or suspected of engaging in some sort of criminal activity. These police officers are not in the majority white neighborhoods, stopping in frisking the people in those communities. Police officers are right in the low income neighborhoods where majority of the people are black or of some sort of Hispanic decent, frisking them just because of the area and the stigma attached to it. In my opinion it’s not right, if the criminal justice system is going to implement a law, let it apply to all citizens, not just one particular area of a city, or one particular race. Racism in the system will never be reduced, to many people out in the world and within the criminal justice system too stuck in their ways to change. It’s the world we live in, again this is just my opinion.

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