*There are more African Americans under correctional control today—in prison or jail, on probation or parole—than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began.
There is irrefutable evidence that blacks comprise a disproportionate share of the U.S. prison population. At the end of 2005, there were 1,525,924 persons incarcerated in state and federal prisons; 40 percent of these inmates were black, 35 percent were white, and 20 percent were Hispanic (Harrison & Beck 2006). Blacks, in other words, comprise about 12 percent of the U.S. population but two-fifths of the prison population.
Obama's mere presence in the Oval Office is offered as proof that "the land of the free" has finally made good on its promise of equality.
Here's what we really need: a clear comparison of some given, carefully- specified type of drug offense, where we control for, e.g., type of drug, amount of drug, and other relevant circumstances (e.g. whether a weapon was present, whether the accused had a record). We then need to ask whether whites and non-whites tend to get different sentences.
Got into a deep discussion of welfare, trying to think out the Family Security decision, with E and me (welfare reform had been one of P's campaign issues). P emphasized that you have to face the fact that the whole problem is really the blacks. The key is to devise a system that recognizes this while not appearing to. Problem with overall welfare plan is that it forces poor whites into same position as blacks. Feels we have to get rid of the veil of hypocrisy and guilt and face reality.
Hispanic and White students were more likely to report drug use and abuse than Asian and African American students prior to coming to college and during college.
... students from HBCUs reported significantly lower rates of marijuana, cocaine, sedatives, hallucinogens, and other illicit drug use than students at non-HBCUs.
Similar racial differences have been observed among secondary school students in the U.S.
*insert old saw about liberals being former conservatives who had a run-in with the cops*
When he said this, he presented it as a positive thing. The police are being fiscally responsible by lowering the per arrest cost of rounding up people involved in the drug trade, and it would be wrong for them to waste taxpayers money by targeting wealthy, white people in more elaborate schemes, he said. He didn't seem to think it was a problem that cost per arrest was used as the relevant metric for evaluating police performance
And when she swoops down like an angel to inform these poor ignorant souls that the problem of racism still exists in our country? "Most people don't like it when I say this. It makes them angry." ... she is writing about it in an inflammatory manner
Spending some time in a big-city criminal court and watch 60- and 70-something African American jurors -- who remember the old Jim Crow -- voting day-in and day-out to convict their neighbors' kids and grandkids of drug offenses
In other words, the law is neutral on its face but inflicts a disparate impact on a powerless segment of society. If 30% of white males faced incarceration over their lives, society would collapse from the sheer expense of the criminal justice system
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