Assessing the roles of race and profit in the mass incarceration of black people in America

Iheme, Williams C. (2021) Assessing the roles of race and profit in the mass incarceration of black people in America. Age of Human Rights Journal, 16. pp. 148-185. ISSN 23409592

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Shortly after the alleged discovery of America and its vast expanse of land waiting to be cultivated with cash crops using cheap human labor, millions of Africans fell victims and were kidnapped to work as slaves in American plantations for about four centuries. Even though it has been over 150 years since the official abolition of slavery in America, the effects of the 400 years of enslavement continue to reverberate: irrespective of the blackletter rights protecting Black people from injustices, the deep racist structures typically decrease the potency of these rights, and thus perpetuate oppression. This article assesses the roles being played by race and profit in the administration of criminal justice: it deems the systemic oppression of Black people as a humanitarian crisis and seeks to ascertain this by interpreting the attitudes of the various key players in the American Criminal Justice System, the majoritarian population, mainstream media, and Corporate America: it challenges some entrenched racist practices suspected to be the umbilical cord that links Black people in America with mass incarceration.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Bail-bond premiums | Black people | Mainstream media | Mass incarceration | Oppression | Police brutality | Prison | Protests | Racism | Violence
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Human Rights
Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Law and Legal Studies
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Global Law School
Depositing User: Mr. Syed Anas
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2021 13:56
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2022 16:25
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