Essay on Is Justice Blind for All

Submitted By jmondesir
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ld world! As I see it…..
In the world we live today the question is always asked, is justice blind for all? Does justice serve us equally or as individuals based on the shade of our skin or by the quantity of currency swimming in our bank accounts. Does justice, The quality of being fair and reasonable serve its purpose? Its purpose, in which to guide people in judging what is right and what is wrong, no matter what culture and society they live in. The color of our skin automatically makes us a suspect in today's stereotypical world. "Despite the civil rights victories of 30 years ago, official skin color prejudice is still reflected throughout the Criminal Justice System." (Racial profiling, A.C.L.U) many minorities know that we are dealing with a subtle form of discrimination, and that our nation has gone blind. We live in a country where Jim Crow "Justice" is still enforced. The question arises about if we had made any progress since the civil rights movement. There are many incidents that show that our Criminal Justice System is being unfair and bias towards minorities. Many are innocent victims of harsh, brutal police abuse, racial discrimination in police shooting and racial profiling. Many organizations have tired in the past, and still are trying to protect the civil rights of minorities that are innocent victims. We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal." Thomas Jefferson wrote these immortal words in the Declaration of Independence in 1776. One has the right to impose the question "Are we truly equal?" simply by taking a look at American society. At the moment, the United States is a country in which thirty-three percent of the male ages eighteen to thirty years old of African descent are in jail, on probation, or parole. This is an exceptionally high statistic in comparison to their white counterparts. Some people argue that those statistics reflect high rate of crime, which is prevalent in minority communities. Specifically the areas of concern are impoverished.
Police brutality towards African Americans has been a problem in the past and is still very much a problem in the present. March 3, 1991, the beating of a young black man named Rodney King projected the brutal reality of police abuse towards black people. The Rodney King incident exposed a new form of subtle discrimination towards the black community. Several officers beat King, who was dragged, clubbed, and hit with a Taser gun, while 23 other officers watch the horrible beating. King suffered skull fractures and nerve damages to his face. When the officers involved were brought to trial and found not guilty of the charges pressed against them, riots broke out in the city of Los Angeles. A year later the officers were trailed again and found guilty. They were sentenced prison time. Incidents like this happen all the time and have to stop. Another example, of police abuse towards Americans of color happened in December 1996. Two black men died in handcuffs at the hands of the Palm Beach County sheriff's deputies in Florida. Lyndon Stark, age 48, died of asphyxia in a cloud of pepper spray while his hands were handcuffed. In February 1997, James Wilson, 37, an unarmed motorist was kicked and punched by three Hartford, Connecticut police officers after a brief chase which ended in front of the Bloomfield Police Station. The beating was so intense that other police officers intervened to stop the fight. These victims of police brutality were all black. It is a fact that abuses by the police remains a significant problem in our country. In June 2013, Tremaine McMillian, 14, was playing in the water with a friend at the beach when a Miami-Dade police officer approached him to ask what he was doing, misinterpreting their play for a fight. At the time Tremaine was carrying his new puppy in his arms and walked away from the officer. The officer then observed Tremaine hands balled into a fist while he was walking away. The officer