These are the latest studies to document injustice and inequality in the United States. Clearly exposing the racist nature of the american justice system and the brutal and equally racist assault by the police in their rush to criminalize blacks in U.S. society.
The enormous disparity in arrests and convictions for drug offenses between blacks and whites is horribly unjust but not accidental. The criminal justice system is a class system. If you’re working class and a person of color you will be targeted and discriminated against at every stage of the judicial process.
These reports are further evidence of the systematic racism and oppression faced by the black community.
“Drug War” Unjust to African Americans: Two Reports Detail Racial Disparity in Arrests and Imprisonment
The Sentencing Project’s newest study, Disparity by Geography: The War on Drugs in America’s Cities, is the first city-level analysis of drug arrests, examining data from 43 of the nation’s largest cities between 1980-2003.
The study found that since 1980, the rate of drug arrests in American cities for African Americans increased by 225%, compared to 70% among whites. Black arrest rates grew by more than 500% in 11 cities during this period and in nearly half of the cities, the odds of arrest for a drug offense among African Americans relative to whites more than doubled.
The report was released the same day as Human Rights Watch’s Targeting Blacks: Drug Law Enforcement and Race in the United States which documents with new statistics in 34 states the persistent racial disparities among drug offenders sent to prison. Both organizations urge public officials to restore fairness, racial justice and credibility to drug control efforts.