Alice Goffman's On The Run: Fugitive Life In America

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Edward Scibelli ENG 095.21 Final Essay 12/8/14 Two Races! One America! No Justice! We live in a nation where whites, blacks, Native Americans, Asians, Latinos, and others are equal; but there is no justice between the whites and blacks. Since the Civil Rights movement, law enforcement has increased and new laws have been passed. What is the problem? In her book, On the Run: Fugitive life in America, Alice Goffman tells the way of life of a boy, his friends, and the rest of the neighborhood of what it’s like to live in a segregated neighborhood in Philadelphia running from the police and the law. “Forty years in, the War on Drugs has done almost nothing to prevent drugs from being sold or used, but it has nonetheless created a little-known…show more content…
It’s like the police are racist towards the black community. And that’s where injustice comes in. When blacks got their freedom from the civil rights movement, it sparked fear in the criminal justice systems, so they hired more police officers, and cracked down on black communities. It’s no justice, its racism. Whites are involved with the war on drugs, but it’s one out of five who are caught. You might be thinking that the police are monitoring this area because everybody in that neighborhood is bad. That not entirely true. From the story, On the Run, there is a saying called, Clean and Dirty people. “Those who have no pending legal entanglements or who can successfully get through a police stop, a court…show more content…
From what my parents say, those were great years, despite Vietnam and the Cold War; but it was the years were the civil right movement occurred where Martian Luther King Jr.’s speech “I have a Dream” brought the nation to say that maybe blacks and whites can be equal. ”The Civil Rights Movement helped forge a new black middle class with considerable political and economic power” (Goffman page 195). In the 1970’s, blacks got their rights and became equal to whites. They became citizens of America, got the right to vote, attend schools and colleges with other white kids and people, and the freedom to practice their chosen religion. The 1970’s was also the year drugs and crime really started to increase in cities and neighborhoods. Marijuana, LCD, crack, and cocaine were the major drugs around at the time being made, sold, and used. The government passed series of laws that increased to penalty having, buying, and selling of these drugs, and all drugs for that matter. Also the penalty for violent crimes increased, and this is when the police increase the number of patrolmen on the streets; mostly in black segregated neighborhoods. Drugs are bad in two ways. First, drugs are very bad, and that’s what people don’t get. Second, the moment you take a drug, you become addicted and can’t stop. That’s where the business come in and you keep buying drugs cause apparently “so good” until the point where your seller ups the price or you

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