Responses to Classmates Opinions
Response to Alexander
I do agree with Alexander’s opinion that Lawrence Bobo and Victor Thompson article’s does justice on disseminating the statistical facts of mass incarceration among African Americans in the United States. However, Alexander fails to mention that upon reviewing the article the emphasis is no longer on mass incarceration but on racialized mass incarceration. This has been statistically highlighted in the article ‘Racialized Mass Incarceration: Poverty, Prejudice, and Punishment’ (Bobo & Thompson, 2010) It is imperative to note that race relations in the United States have changed a lot since the mid-1850s. Only to highlight that the changes have only shifted focus and disguised racial bias in a legal format through the implementation of biased political, economic and social contexts. As the article suggests one would wonder why even though African Americans males represent only about 12% of the total American adult male population, there are almost 8 times more African American males under the United States correctional system (Bobo & Thompson, 2010). Alexander points out that if the trend of unequal policies among populations continues there will be further distrust in the entire governance system. This is exceedingly true as if a population believes that the governing system is working against it, the people tend to revolt and push back. People always need assurances that the system that governs them is free and fair to all. This can ultimately result to the undoing of the many good steps that have been gained towards the inclusion and equality of all. However, it is necessary to fight this impunity trend as it leads to more disruption of peace and continued inequality. This supports the fact that iniquitous deployment of justice does not only affect the African American but it affects the entire nation.
Bobo, L. D. & Thompson, V. (2010) Racialized mass incarceration: Poverty, prejudice, and punishment. In: Markus HR, PML Moya, editors. Doing race: 21 essays for the 21st century. New York: W.W. Norton & Company. pp. 322–355.