Bac Sierra, B.
English 1A, MWF-8:00
Date: - 10th February, 2014
Imprisonment is perceived as the only resort for many people who commit social crimes because of their poor financial status. These problems have been grouped together thus forming a common term, crime. Crime has been attributed as a common behavior among people of color.
Unemployment, homelessness, illiteracy, mental illness, and drug addiction are some of the crimes that disappear from public scenes when people associated with them are confined behind bars. Therefore, prisons have been created to perform magic. Alternatively, individuals
who advocate for new prison tacitly and bonds to jails and prisons have been coerced to believe that prisons works magic. However, imprisonment does not make problems disappear; they only make human beings to disappear. Thus, the exercise of disappearing enormous number of people from racially marginalized, immigrants and poor communities has become a literal business.
It isn’t until a political or social leader points out the discriminatory content that it is truly aired on news stations and talked about on radio stations. Thusly, this means that African-Americans or minorities in general, have been oppressed for over 200 years and are still being oppressed to this day. This is what Michelle Alexander in her words considers being The New Jim Crow. At this point someone could have an opinion of how could a racially caste system still exist in this country. They may even have the ability to support their statement with African-American success stories, like Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Bill Cosby, Kobe Bryant and the black middle class. Yet, that’s only a minor percentage in recent years.
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