The color of justice

There is a very good piece at the Minnesota Public Radio site entitled The Color of Justice which looks into the fact that in Minnesota “African-Americans, American Indians and other people of color are disproportionately represented in police stops, courtrooms and jails.”

Here are some facts:

– In 1999 over half of all African-American males between the ages of 18 and 30 were arrested during that year in the most populous Hennepin County (where Minneapolis is).

– There are more African-Americans in Minnesota’s jails than in Alabama’s jails.

– If convicted on drug charges, blacks are sentenced to time behind bars at three times the rate of whites guilty of the same offense.

There is much more to be found about this. Is it racial profiling? Many say so? I don’t know what to think. I am inclined to agree, but then I could never imagine myself being a police officer.

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