Posted 1 year ago on Oct. 22, 2011, 7:23 p.m. EST by Cicero
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After having a discussion on another thread I find it fitting to explain in a separate thread why the American prison system is institutionally racist or perhaps more appropriately the justice system.
Just a few years ago the penalty for possession of crack was 100 times more severe than for possession of cocaine.
Sociologists contend that drug use is not a respecter of races. (No one race is more prone to drug use than any other)
Non-violent drug offenders make up 21% of the prison population
African Americans make up 12% of the US population
Of all of the nonviolent drug offenders incarcerated in America 4/5 are African American
How can it be reconciled that 4/5 incarcerated drug offenders are African Americans, Yet no one race uses drugs more than another, and African Americans only make up 12% of the US population.
Fact: 10% of blacks use drugs that means 3,600,000 people Fact: 8.2% of whites use drugs that means 18,204,000 people
There are nearly 6 times the amount of white drug users as black yet 80% of those convicted of drug crimes are black.
Food for Thought: There are more African American males incarcerated today than were enslaved prior to the civil war. WTF???