Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Reinforcement of Racial Caste Through Mass Incarceration


Racial hierarchy is a concept that is incredibly prominent in today's society, just as it has always been in the past. This form of racial caste is enforced through the system of mass incarceration and the conditions of colored people are strikingly similar to those in the era of Jim Crow. Law and Order initiated by Nixon was used as a system to target people of color by criminalizing them. This led to the era of the War on Drugs, started by Reagan to further target low income colored communities. Arrests for drug related crime increased sharply and literally wiped out populations of people in these communities. This is particularly problematic because these mass arrests are not made in wealthy white communities where drug crime is the same as those in underprivileged black communities. Conclusively, the era of the war on drugs and mass incarceration has reinforced racial caste in an implicit manner by naming the criminal justice system as "colorblind."

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