This proposition is backed up by statistics pertaining to the judiciary and prison system, which show that there are disproportionately high number of African Americans being incarcerated, convicted and locked up in prisons than any other ethnic/racial group. The drug control policies of the last thirty years have been written in such a way that local police departments get rewarded for the number of arrests they make as opposed to the ability to bring down drug abuse. The funding structure and legislations are also designed toward this end. I personally agree with Michelle Alexanders view that the country is still a long way from emancipating its racial minorities as long as discriminatory legislations continue to exist. Exclusive and one-off events like the election of Barack Obama to the White House does not compensate for a well-entrenched system of racial injustice.
Glenn Lourys article too deals with the same theme, both elaborating and analysing injustices perpetrated by the judiciary and the prison system. Loury perceives systematic racial injustice and discrimination as something beyond War on Drugs and extending to all aspects of American society. He also peruses sociological theories on multi-racial societies in supporting his thesis. I quite agree with Lourys contention that the United States has become a Nation of Jailers, for when compared to other advanced industrial nations, ours ranks lowest in terms of prosecution, conviction and lock-up rates. And the correlation between convicts and their low socio-economic background raises disturbing questions about the validity of the set of principles upon which our nation is founded. Alongside well-documented facts about disproportionate imprisonment of blacks, in recent years Hispanic Americans have also suffered this fate.
As I read through the article, I realized