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Five Myths of the 'Racist' Criminal Justice System
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Calling America's criminal justice system "racist" is not confined to "civil rights leaders" like the Revs. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. Then-Sen. Barack Obama, during the 2008 presidential campaign, said it, too. Blacks and whites, said Obama, "are arrested at very different rates, are convicted at very different rates (and) receive very different sentences ... for the same crime."
When the man who became president of the United States says this -- the No. 1 law enforcement officer -- it must, therefore, be true.
Let's examine five major assumptions behind this assertion.
1) Blacks are arrested at higher rates compared to whites -- but wrongly so.
Not true. While only 13 percent of the population, blacks accounted for 28 percent of nationwide arrests in 2010 and 38.1 percent of arrests for violent crime (murders, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault). But are they unfairly arrested? Studies find that arrest rates by race are comparable to the race of suspect identification by victims.
2) Blacks are convicted at higher rates and given longer sentences than whites for the same crime.
Not true. Differences in conviction and sentencing rates by race are due to differences in the gravity of the criminal offenses, prior records or other legal variables
3) The sentence disparity between powder and crack cocaine is racist and accounts for a large percentage of imprisoned blacks.
Not true. Concerned about the deadly effect of crack within their own communities, black members of Congress led the charge to pass the 1986 federal drug laws
4) The "War on Drugs" accounts for a large number of blacks behind bars.
Not true. In 2010, blacks were 31.8 percent of all arrests for drug crimes. But arrests for drug offenses are only 12.4 percent of all non-traffic arrests in the country and accounted for 14.2 percent of the offenses for which blacks were arrested.
5) More blacks are in jail than in college.
Not true. "More blacks (are) in jail than college, in every state," said Jesse Jackson in 2007. That same year, presidential candidate Sen. Obama, echoed: "More young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities across America."
If Jackson and Obama refer to black men of the usual college-age years, their claim is not even remotely true.
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Why do Obama, the "Justice Brothers" and the other race hustlers keep perpetuating these distortions?
It fits their agenda.
Keeps African Americans on the democRAT plantation.
Fires up a portion of the donkey party voter base.
Easier than telling the truth.
All of those and more.
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394 days ago
You're a racist in disguise, (not me)!
392 days ago
LBE you're numbers are incorrect. 55% of those in Cali prisons are non-white while 58% of Cali's population is white.
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