About a week ago; my friend and I  went out to the movies, on our way back about around 2 a.m. I was attack by the police. I was man handle and put to the ground, my friend ask one of the officers why they were treating me like the way they was and he replied “shut up black bitch”. Couple of minutes later more officers came to the scene, i ask one of the officers why I was held and he said that I fit the profile of someone they were looking for. I ask if i could see a sketch of the person they were looking for and I didn’t look anything like the person they were looking for. The sketch they had was a young man about in his 30s with a New York Yankees cap on and a hoodie; I didn’t have a hoodie or do i wear caps. When we got home after the scene, we was curious about doing a research about why blacks are mostly like to be stop by police, my guess was it was due to racial profiling. We came across the following in our research:

Studies have shown that police regularly use a person’s race in detaining individuals who they suspect may be engaging in suspicious activity. This practice is widely known as “racial profiling”. Critics of racial profiling often portray it as a practice under which police stop, question and search persons solely on the basis of their race. Those who justify the practice indicate that in actuality, race is typically not the only indicator of suspiciousness but it is a factor that will make a black person far more likely to be detained. They also state that it is a reaction to the reality that blacks are far more likely to be engaged in criminal activity. But racial profiling generates anger, humiliation, distrust and resentment that is deeply felt by large law-abiding sectors of black communities. A consequence is lessened respect for the guardians of law and order. Many middle class black men have come to understand such detentions as an onerous reminder of their second class citizenship.

We was surprise when we read this because i was not stop to be ask questions i was attack and brought down to the ground, i was not asking any question my friend tried to ask and was answered ignorantly, other officers who got to the scene after i was brought down ask the questions and surely i was not the guy they were looking for. Police officers tend to override their power and treat people very badly.

African Americans interact with the criminal justice system at a rate far greater than their percentage in the population. Although blacks account for less than 13% of the population, they constitute almost half of all those incarcerated.  The Department of Justice has calculated that over a quarter of all adult black males are likely to be in prison at some point in their lives. They are far more likely to be victims of serious violent crime and homicide.

Stating “over a quarter of all adult black males are likely to be in prison at some point in their lives” is a stereotypical, the same way when some black people say that whites commits majority of the major crimes and are most likely to be freed. These type of stereotypes have caused  racial tensions and crime rate to increased. The following informs how the Supreme Court exclude black jurors concerns in punishment and sentencing:

There is also a concern that race is unfairly used in the jury selection process to exclude black jurors. Although the Supreme Court has held this practice to be unconstitutional, it still occurs in practice because “peremptory challenges” are impossible to regulate.

Another subject of African American concern is discrimination in punishment and sentencing. Blacks no longer outnumber whites on death row and the rate their death penalty sentencing is roughly equivalent to their high percentage of the prison population. But a discriminatory pattern exists regarding victims. Studies have indicated that homicides involving white victims are far more likely to be prosecuted as death penalty cases. Proposed legislation which would allow defendants to use such statistical information in appeals was rejected by the Senate in 1994. African Americans also claim that the far more stringent penalties which apply to sellers and users of crack cocaine are discriminatory when compared to those for users of powder cocaine. They note that crack cocaine use is particularly associated with African Americans while powder cocaine is used by the more affluent middle class.



2 responses

  1. Old Jules says:

    No reason to question what the overwhelming evidence argues. A quick look at the prison populations in this country, men and women, says it all.

  2. lianadavydov says:

    Wow, I am so disgusted with the authority in this country. How can you put someone down to the floor just because he/she is black?! Makes you wonder if every black person would have to be a suspect of a crime just because they are black not even if they actually fit the description. There needs to be something done about such discrimination.