This article explores the perspectives of four judges on the question “is the justice system racially biased?” The judges explain their perspective on how the judicial system classifies the way people should be sentenced. For example Judge Bridgett Jones states ¨The system is not fair. Institutional racism is alive and well in the juvenile justice system, as it is in the criminal justice system¨ This is related to the big question because she feels as though the justice system is indeed racially biased.
Race in health care is very different for races there are 24 physicians for every 100,000 in Black and Hispanic community’s compared to the 69 physicians for every 100,000 in white communities. This works with the big question What is race? In the article they talked about many different things with how people are being discriminated in our communities. “In the United States, there are marked differences in time spent, quality of care and quantity of doctor’s office visits between Whites and Blacks.”
Race does matter. Anyone can be racially biased, but not everyone has the power to inflict racial justice and disadvantage. This works with why does race matter because the author was talking about how people are being treated racially and how it matters within other things in different communities around the country. “Race matters because neuroscientist have discovered in their research that the human brain has neural circuitry that distinguishes and predisposes select responses to others on the basis of racial features.”
Francis Edward Clark talks about how people are affected and stereotyped by their race and color. He noticed the discrimination and the problems it cause between the different races all over the world. This relates to the statement "hatred towards certain races" because it talked about how the race caused issues between the KKK and the races that were different. For example, Francis states "When he looked around the globe, and within America, he saw no coherent patterns in the ways people hated one another."
Bryan Stevenson explains the different situations in his story 'Just Mercy'. He talks about the different cases he worked with, most that had to do with racial problems, and what the outcome was of those cases. This connects to how the outcome of the book was affected by race because most of the people he was defending in the court were accused because they're colored. For example, Stevenson says "the officers suspected him of theft and threatened him — because he is black."
The author of this article talked about how blacks are more than likely to be arrested or have something searched by the police than whites would. This goes with our book because most of the people he was defending were either black or Hispanic and they wear being treated poorly by the legal system. “Police arrest black Americans for drug crimes at twice the rate of whites, according to federal data, despite the fact that whites use drugs at comparable rates and sell drugs at comparable or even higher rates.”
This article talks about how race affects people in their everyday life. This relates to the question who does race matter to because it matters to bosses, employees, the public, etc. on what race you are. For example, Linda R. Tropp states "we need to have the courage to talk more openly about racial issues and address the real challenges associated with racial differences in our society today."
The author talks about how murders of black men in 2015 dominated the headlines, but the aftermath of those murders really contributed to the way that others wanted to try to help and protect the blacks that were being treated badly by police. This works with the book because at one time in the book he was asked to get out of his car by a police because he was in his neighborhood but the cop thought that he was a robber and was treated really badly about the way the cop was talking to him. “According to the statistics, 50.9 percent of these people were white. The remaining fatalities were either minorities or unknown. Specifically, the victims were 26.9 percent of the victims were Black, 16.8 percent Hispanic, 2.4 percent unknown, 2 percent Asian and 1 percent Native American. The numbers vary greatly from the actual population. In total, whites make up 77.3 percent of the country, while Blacks make up just 13.2 percent.”
This article is about how race doesn’t exist in science, it exists in society and that race was made up by the human race. This article relates to our book because the entire story revolves around racism in society and in the justice system. “In 1950, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) issued a statement asserting that all humans belong to the same species and that “race” is not a biological reality but a myth.”
This article is about how although children may not learn racism from their family lifestyle, they can learn it from their environment and life experiences. This article also mentions that children can pick up racial preferences at just 3 years old and will develop more when they’re teenagers. This relates to our book because every case that Bryan Stevenson had faced was racially linked, and in order for those involved in the cases had to learn racism from someone. “The odds of aging children losing or at the very least lessening their bias against out-group people are only increased, of course, when responsible adults in their lives consciously place their children in a position to see different groups interacting as equals,’’ Banaji adds.”
This article is about how putting juveniles in adult prisons is more harmful to the juvenile than a juvenile detention center would be, due to abuse and lack of educational opportunities. This article relates to our book because throughout the novel we learn about juveniles who were placed in adult prisons and how their lives have been negatively affected from things like physical and sexual assault. “The National Prison Rape Elimination Commission described their fate in blunt terms in a 2009 report: “More than any other group of incarcerated persons, youth incarcerated with adults are probably at the highest risk of sexual abuse.”