African American Disparity

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Disparity The diverse world in which we all live is comprised of many different people, each with their own respective positions regarding the incarceration gap. There are a plethora of problems in our society, many of which I believe have contributed to the disparities between jail rates. Among the society today, when we hear of someone being arrested, the first, and now the most popular assumption, is always that the person is African American, but what has led to such a conjecture? Scott, Edwards, Lussier, Devine and Easton (2011) states “…..1 in 3 African-American men is expected to be incarcerated at least once during his lifetime, in contrast to 1 in 17 Caucasian men” (p. 65). Over time, the incarceration gap between African…show more content…
Because many members of society expect African Americans, particularly African American youth, to fail, they tend to head in that direction. By grouping each demographic into certain groups and prematurely placing labels on them, society helps to push African American young men and women toward indecent activities and eventually into prisons. Because of African Americans’ unjust history with civil rights, they have to prove themselves more than any other group in society. They feel pressure from races more dominant in number than they are, and that makes them feel incompetent. They hear from the media and schools and neighborhoods and many other places that, in order to be good enough they have to look a certain way or be a certain way. Statistics about what they are supposed to amount to are pushed into their minds, and they are afraid to work hard and disprove the theories of society. However, peer pressure not only comes from others outside of the African American race, but people within the race also tend to play roles in helping them go astray. The older African American generation is also inclined to discouraging the younger generation. People from the church, school, or even from the neighborhood continuously treat the youth condescendingly and with disdain when they should be supportive and…show more content…
Government officials need to push these issues to the top of their priority list and implement programs that will help decrease the incarceration of African Americans and increase both the incomes and the values of more African American households. There should be programs put in place to provide opportunities for and mentor those incarcerated and the families of those incarcerated. Therapists should be more prevalent in schools and neighborhoods, and it should be bigger opportunities should be afforded to every African American youth so that they can be continuously reassured that they are both special enough and capable enough and that no statistics or person is powerful enough to convince them otherwise. There should also be more jobs in place that will give those incarcerated more chances once they are out of jail. What good is letting someone out of prison and refusing them employment opportunities due to their records? Chances are if they have nothing positive in which to get involved, they will definitely find something
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