Thursday, February 23, 2017

Blog Post 6 Racial Caste in form of mass incarceration

The biggest parallel between Jim Crow and mass incarceration is legalized discrimination. Black history month is celebrated as the end to discrimination and it's wondered why discrimination could have ever been legal in the first place but, what they don't talk about it how its still legal. In the legal system, African Americans already had a disadvantage from the jump. They are first labeled felons. During the Jim Crow era, African Americans were denied things like the right to vote through poll taxes, literacy tests, and felon disenfranchisement laws even though the Fifteenth Amendment of the Constitution says "the right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." The jury is the people that determine your fate with your life basically because they can determine if your guilty or innocent. The Jim Crow era were all-white juries trying black defendants in the South. Compared to back then, now a percentage of about 30 black men are automatically excluded from jury because they have been labeled felons.

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