Blacks, Prison, and Institutional Racism
Criminal justice and security is one of the largest industries in the United States. Such a statistic is (and rightly so) of great concern to Afro-Americans
because a disproportionate percentage of individuals under the control of the US Criminal Justice System are from the Black community. This paper will look at the alarming statistics and attempt to trace the roots of the
disparity. It will then consider the affects and explore possible solutions to the expanding problem.
The Imprisoned Black Youth Black communities throughout the U.S. are witnessing the institutionalization
of their youth. Of course institutionalization is nothing new to Afro-Americans, it is something Blacks have faced since their existence in this country.
In the beginning Blacks were forced into the institution of slavery. After the abolition of slavery Blacks faced institutional racism, that is, racism legitimated by the whole of society directed against the few of society.
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