Examples Of Racial Injustice

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Aaron McKinney Mr. Zimmerer Period 3 12/13/13 Ethics Essay Racial injustice in the United States court system is still ramped to this day. In a most recent case, a 16 year old boy and five of his friends all decided to get drunk, take valium pills, drive at criminal speed on normal city streets, and resulted in killing four people: a priest, family man, mother, and daughter, and leaving one of the passengers in the car with extensive brain damage. The judge of the case, Jean Boyd, sentenced the driver to rehab, ten years probation, and a fine. The attorney argued that the 16 year old suffered from “affluenza”, a disease that results in being too rich. The Judge agreed with the defense and the 16 year old avoided murder charges. A couple…show more content…
Rodney King, a black construction worker in Los Angeles, California, was on probation for previous charges of robbery when he was involved in a high-speed chase with the Los Angeles police department. King was eventually apprehended by the police officers and then beating by at least 3 of the 5 officers to near- death, while the other two officers did nothing to stop or prevent the racially motivated police brutality. The beating was recorded by a near-by onlooker on his balcony and viewed nationwide by millions of American’s. Public outraged ensued and the notorious LA Riots soon followed the horrific beating of Rodney King. Eventually, during the trial of Rodney King against the officers who beat him, the federal Judge, John Davies, harshly criticized King for provoking the officers to commit such brutality and further said that the police men were right in the actions that they took. The Jury eventually awarded King $3.8 million dollars personally as a result of the…show more content…
Many believe that racism is excluded from the United States Justice System, but that claim is not necessarily true. Since 2002, 12 people have been executed where the defendant was white and the murder victim black, compared with 178 black defendants executed for murders with white victims. This alarming statistic shows that racial injustice and inequality is still alive and well in the United States Justice System. From a moral standpoint, this is a complete outrage that even in modern day society, after the efforts of men like Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, still goes on to this day. The 14th amendment, which was ratified in 1868, includes a Due Process Clause that ensures all persons in the United States shall be granted a fair and just trial that does not infringe upon the rights of any persons. This right is being neglected to many minorities in today’s society who face a court

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