As a sociology major with a focus in criminal justice, diversity is something I will have to deal with on a daily basis. As many people are aware there has been rising conflicts within the criminal justice system, and also African-American people. In this post I will discuss why diversity plays a huge role in my future, and what I can do to better understand it.
Currently in the United States, African-American males have a 32% chance of serving time in prison, while Caucasian males only have a 6% chance. If you think about those numbers that is pretty astounding. In some states, African-Americans are 57 times more likely to be convicted of a drug related offense than Caucasian. These numbers are proof of disparities between people of color, and the criminal justice system. People of color are being alienated by the criminal justice system. It is set up in a way to benefit the wealthy, which usually happen to benefit white, upper class males. So in consideration of diversity, the people that are making the laws are mostly those who are extremely wealthy, and predominately white. The people who are affected by these laws are lower class citizens, which are made up mostly of African-Americans.
Racial bias is a huge problem in today’s criminal justice system. It’s something that hasn’t changed since the establishment of modern policing. The way different races are treated are quite obvious from the previous statistics that I posted earlier. Since this is something that I will be dealing with within the next five years, I have made a plan to help not be affected by the racial bias. Although it is hard, all conflicts must be approached open mindedly, that will allow me to make the right choices without bias. Finally I would like to experience different cultures so I wouldn’t be biased to one culture to the other. The criminal justice needs a lot of help, maybe I will be the one to make a difference.