A great racial disparity is evident in the chapter scenario. Despite the fact that most of the drug users are white, the arrests are made of the blacks and the Latinos. The likelihood of African Americans being arrested is quite high, almost six times.
The chapter reveals not only racial psychological disturbances but also physical torture. The view of beating a person and violating their rights to fair hearing is not prudent in any way. Adolph Lyons having been identified with burned out taillight receives a beating to a point of becoming unconscious. This is a total violation of human right. Such should not be permissible in the society in any way. To make matters worse, he suffered permanent injuries that could remain with him throughout his lifetime (Alexander 96-99). This is quite unfortunate, we find justice being denied to the individual based on their complexion.
The main perpetrators of vices are allowed to go scot-free while the innocent suffer the consequences on the basis of their skin color. In the first place drug abuse is a vice in the society that should be prevented by all means, the justice system should be at the forefront of fighting them. However, their discrimination against the blacks and Latinos makes it difficult to execute their mandate. While the white drug dealers do their activities in open, there are no arrests made. The blacks who deal with drugs in high secrecy are the targets.
Even when it comes to an issue such as frisking, the blacks are seen as the targets. The prison officers have developed a belief that the African Americans are the criminals, the whites are good people. This is a very dangerous state of affairs that not only compromises justice but also creates a scenario where the racial factor is what overrides other issues. It is quite unfair and poses a major risk to community and integration among the races.
This chapter has heavily focused on racial