In this article, The University of Michigan law school has actually proven that Black Americans receive almost 60% longer prison sentences than white. The study shows 58,000 cases with the same crime and different sentences because of their race. This text answers our question about race. Race has a huge effect on how you're treated and how black Americans are discriminated against. “Black Americans are being discriminated against because of the color of their skin”
This article is about Americans have turned the battle of the french and Mexicans became a huge party with alcohol and how everyone dresses up in sombreros and ponchos. People who are Mexican have found this very offensive. This is a problem involving race because to Mexicans they could take it as Americans turning something that meant something to them into just an excuse to party. They are taking it as if we are making fun of them and they culture. “They're just using our culture as an excuse to party”
This article talks about how prison overcrowding happens, and why it is a major problem that needs to be fixed. It states how we’ve tried to fix it in the past, such as prisoners having to have a certain amount of space to live in. It also tells of the psychological effects, such as stressful situations, and making people who already have mental illness worse off than they were before. A task force in Michigan is looking into the issue, and trying to make more solutions to the issue.
In the video Students Learn A Powerful Lesson About Privilege By Buzzfeed Video, Buzzfeed displays an experiment on a classroom of kids throw wads of paper into a recycling bin in the front of the classroom. Most of the students in the front of the class made it in the bin. Suddenly, the kids who aren’t in the front row got discouraged that they couldn’t see the bin as well and it was a further throw. As each row threw their paper, less and less kids made the shot. This shows that “people who are born into privilege are more unaware of it, because all they’ve seen is a clear path between them and their goal.” This shows that people are unaware of privilege they are given and sometimes don’t realize how lucky they actually are.
Bob Herbert, in this article written in 2002, explains the racial inequalities in the justice system. He explains a specific case and its racial importance and how unfair the system treated this man. Even putting race aside, Herbert talks of how prejudiced the death penalty can be and how it’s a tainted system. This connects to Just Mercy because throughout the entire text Stevenson is trying to prove how broken the justice system is. “Cases like Mr. Hance's, and several cases in which it has been proved that inmates on death row were innocent, have contributed to a growing sense of unease with the death penalty in this country. “
In the video Sometimes You’re A Caterpillar by Kat Blaque and Chescaleigh tell the story of a caterpillar and a snail. The two are on their way to a party when they are stopped by a fence. The party was on the other side of the fence, so the caterpillar just crawled underneath; unfortunately, the snail’s shell was preventing it from going under the fence. The caterpillar was persistent with telling the snail to just go under, but the snail new that she couldn’t. As the caterpillar got confused and frustrated with the fact as to why the snail couldn’t just go under, the snail explained that “there are some things that are hard for some people and some things that are easy for others”; therefore, the caterpillar understood where the snail was coming from. The two went to the other side of the garden and found a break in the fence and went the party together. The video explains that people don’t understand where some people were coming because they don’t know how the other person’s life actually is.
In this philosophical article, the Stanford encyclopedia of philosophy they really break down what race is and question strong controversial opinions. I think that this answers a few of the big questions regarding race. “The concept of race has historically signified the division of humanity into a small number of groups based upon five criteria”.
This article explains what the difference between a white American committing a crime and a black American. Black Americans are incredibly more likely to be offered a plea deal including serving prison time than white criminals. Black Americans are also more likely to be jailed while awaiting trial than white criminals are. Authors, Kahn and Kirk, use charts and vivid descriptions to answer the question of, “who does race matter to?”. They prove that factually the “African American” race is historically treated worse in the justice system than other criminals. “Thousands more have suffered subtler forms of discrimination in the criminal justice system, where social science research shows striking racial disparities at nearly every level—from arrest rates, to bail amounts, to sentence lengths, to probation hearing outcomes.”
In this article Deborah C. England describes what perjury is and what the penalties are. She explains defenses, gives examples, and gives people a better understanding of perjury and the penalties. This connects to Just Mercy by describing what the guy who lied in McMillan's case was going up against by lying in the trial. “Perjury, the crime of lying under oath, is a serious offense because it can derail the basic goal of the justice system—discovering the truth.”