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I am often infuriated by members of the black community with the "lock'em up, throw away the key mentality"; although, I understand this mentality is borne from ignorance and belief in a system establish to protect and serve all; however, targets the black and minority communities.
So, for those in disbelief this is the construct of institutionalized racism. Laws are legislated based upon outcry from the attentive public (lobbyist, governmental groups) as well as statistical reports (NCR). Policy makers thru data in the reports are aware of the race most prevalent for committing crime. Therefore, make policies that target a particular crime consequently targeting a particular race, i.e. the war on drugs.
Now, if you declare war you have to attack the enemy. Urban policing places law enforcement into the inner cities and areas known to be high drug-crime related areas; subsequently, if you (blacks) are my target (profile) you are the focus of stops, search and seizures, and arrests. Hence, the media becomes involved and perpetuates racial disparity in its reporting and intensifies the outcry, which revolves back to the policy-makers. This is institutionalized racism.
Many will argue "if you can't do the time, don't commit the crime". I will whole-heartedly agree when there is balance in the dichotomy of scales. Historically, whites have been deferred away from the criminal justice system but now presently they are ignored. So, why not just lock 'em up, (and all end with this) because the implications of disenfranchisement and economic costs to the community and families are eggregious and affects all communities....