Sally Fitzgibbons Foundation

Beginning the Academic Essay

Racism has been present in our country for a very long time and it still continues today. According to the merriam dictionary the definition of racism is “a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race”. A race that is continually discriminated against is the african american and black race in the criminal justice system. There are many factors that contribute to the racism being produce to black people in the criminal justice system and it all goes back to when slavery started. In 1619 that was the year slavery started in america. African americans were striped away from there homes and sent overseas to do free labor. The reason why racism is such a big problem in american is because it was practice by the opposite color from black people in america. White people were looking for people to do free work to build are country today African americans was the perfect fit for it. White people used african americans as slaves because of their physical abilities and their strength. Slavery finally ended in 1865, but racism against blacks did not end in America, and it never will. Racism in shown in many different ways against blacks in america and one of them is the criminal justice system. In america today people of black color are treated unfairly within the criminal justice system and starts with police. Blacks have been treated unfairly by cops for a long time now, In the Louisiana weekly the author states “A majority of blacks in the United States – more than three out of five – say they or a family member have personal experience with being treated unfairly by the police, and their race is the reason” This
dangerous and more likely to commit a crime which is true based of statistic in the Philadelphia tribune the author states “We have 2,400 Black murders between 2000 and 2009. Out of that number, 2,458 are Black males”. But after doing research I found out there are many reason that contribute to this. African americans in america usually come from the low the income side of america. Typically living in low income neighborhoods your more likely to be violent.In The article “violence in low income neighborhoods” the aurthor states an interview from a reporter in chicago and got their opinons on people living in lowincome neighborhoods. The aurthor stated “Young people described their lives as “difficult” because of the constant fear of being shot, stabbed, or killed”, base on common sense, living around violent people youll tend to be more violent. Some white people argue back that african americans live in low income niegborhoods because of their education levels but reasearcher have found possible explanations for this. In an article written by US Department of Educations study have found that “More Than 40% of Low-Income Schools Don’t Get a Fair Share of State and Local Funds” funds and resource for schools is so important to suceed in school.

Another way the african american race is treated poor in american is the justice sytem. Cops around the coutry have been murdering inocent unarmed black people for terribe reason and justice does not get serve. There have been many examples of this starting from from the big incdident about trayvon martin. An unarmed black teen was shot walking home from his stepmom house by george zimmerman. Just 44 days after investigation George Zimmeran was found not guiltyl because there was ” no evidence to disporve george zimmerman reasoning of self defencse” incidents like this show justice not being serve when it clearly should have.

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