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Broken on All Sides: Race, Mass Incarceration & New Visions for Criminal Justice in the U.S. The Sentencing Project News - Racial Disparity. White Americans have been brainwashed about race — and it’s not just about black men. In the wake of recent police killings of young black men — John Crawford, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Tamir Rice most prominently — there has been much discussion about the way in which large numbers of white Americans, and especially white police, view African American males. The criminalization of the black male body has rarely been as apparent as in the past few months. Regarding Mike Brown, we are told — and are expected to believe — that black men are “hulks” and “demons,” so irrational as to attack police without provocation, and then after being shot, throw caution to the wind and seek to run through a hail of bullets, as if possessed of superhuman strength.

Because apparently it is easier to believe that than to believe a white officer with a history of belligerence, acting out of over-amped fear, prejudice or an authority jones would have killed a black man for talking back to him. Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’ Although African-Americans constitute only 13 percent of all Americans, nearly half of all prison inmates in the U.S. are black. This startling statistic has led the United Nations Human Rights Committee to publicly criticize the U.S. for its treatment of African-Americans. A number of recent studies and reports paint a damning picture of how American society dehumanizes blacks starting from early childhood.

Racial justice activists and prison abolition groups have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline funnels young black kids into the criminal justice system, with higher rates of school suspension and arrest compared with nonblack kids for the same infractions. More than 20 years ago, Smith College professor Ann Arnett Ferguson wrote a groundbreaking book based on her three-year study of how black boys in particular are perceived differently starting in school.

But it turns out that negative disciplinary actions affect African-American children starting as early as age 3. Post Racial? Think Again. Documented Evidence of A Broken System. I'm a black ex-cop, and this is the real truth about race and policing. On any given day, in any police department in the nation, 15 percent of officers will do the right thing no matter what is happening. Fifteen percent of officers will abuse their authority at every opportunity. The remaining 70 percent could go either way depending on whom they are working with. That's a theory from my friend K.L. Williams, who has trained thousands of officers around the country in use of force. Based on what I experienced as a black man serving in the St. That remaining 70 percent of officers are highly susceptible to the culture in a given department. It is not only white officers who abuse their authority. And no matter what an officer has done to a black person, that officer can always cover himself in the running narrative of heroism, risk, and sacrifice that is available to a uniformed police officer by virtue of simply reporting for duty.

About that 15 percent of officers who regularly abuse their power: they exert an outsize influence. The Science of Why Cops Shoot Young Black Men. I went to NYU to learn what psychologists could tell me about racial prejudice in the wake of the shooting of a black teenager, Michael Brown, by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri. We may never really know the exact sequence of events and assumptions that led to the moment when Brown, unarmed and, according to witnesses, with his hands in the air, was shot multiple times.

But the incident is the latest embodiment of America's racial paradox: On the one hand, overt expressions of prejudice have grown markedly less common than they were in the Archie Bunker era. We elected, and reelected, a black president. In many parts of the country, hardly anyone bats an eye at interracial relationships. An impressive body of psychological research suggests that the men who killed Brown and Martin need not have been conscious, overt racists to do what they did. Science offers an explanation for this paradox—albeit a very uncomfortable one. Dog, cat. Sheldon J. Are We Teaching Kids the Wrong Lessons About Trayvon? - Lisa Armstrong - National. Pundits want black parents to use the teenager's death as a warning for their sons. But the real moral of the story is for white children. Two young boys hold signs during a Tallahassee rally organized by the National Christian League of Councils on April 4, 2012.

Philip Sears/Reuters In the past few weeks, I have read a number of articles about conversations that I, as a black mother, should be having with my 9-year-old son. In his article "How to Talk to Young Black Boys About Trayvon Martin," Touré begins by saying: "It's unlikely but possible that you could get killed today. Or any day. I'm sorry, but that's the truth. In a CNN blog post, Christy Oglesby speaks of the numerous warnings she has given her son, Drew, about how society might perceive him simply because of his race and gender. In light of Trayvon Martin's death, I, too, have cautiously begun the process of preparing my son for the challenges that likely lie ahead of him.

White people believe the justice system is color blind. Black people really don’t. Poli-Sci Perspective is a weekly Wonkblog feature in which Georgetown University’s Dan Hopkins and George Washington University’s Danny Hayes and John Sides offer an empirical perspective on the issues dominating Washington. In this edition, Sides interviews political scientists Jon Hurwitz and Mark Peffley about their book on how blacks and whites perceive the criminal justice system, and what it implies for Trayvon Martin’s death, George Zimmerman’s acquittal, and the aftermath. The transcript below has been lightly edited. For past posts in the series, head here. Michael S. Williamson-The Washington Post Q: Your recent book is Justice in America: The Separate Realities of Blacks and Whites. A: We found remarkable differences in how whites and blacks perceive the criminal justice system.

Q: What’s an example of this gulf between blacks and whites? Q: Why do blacks and whites have such different views of the criminal justice system? Q: What consequences do those views have? Black Residents Share Thoughts on Police-Community Relations. Last week communities across Atlanta came together for the annual observance of National Night Out, an event meant to forge partnerships between neighborhoods and law enforcement, and educate community members about crime prevention tactics. The event comes on the heels of the verdict in the George Zimmerman trial, which has electrified black communities across the country, and the opening of the film “Fruitvale Station,” which tells the story of Oscar Grant, an unarmed Black man who was killed by a police officer. Both happenings have sparked discussions about the value of Black life in the U.S. and the way in which black communities engage with law enforcement.

During National Night Out on Tuesday Night, some community residents shared their opinion of the way in which the Atlanta police interact with their respective communities. Llyasha Treadwell, a local massage therapist, is new to the Booker T. William Cannon, the president of the Booker T. 1 in 3 Black Men Go To Prison? The 10 Most Disturbing Facts About Racial Inequality in the U.S. Criminal Justice System | Drugs.