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In the United States true equality has never existed From the Declaration of Independence to modern times the US legal system has failed at any attempt at equality all men are created equal may be what the Declaration says but some men are more equal than others is how the legal system interprets that phrase The actual reality of the Declaration of Independence is that all free white landowning men are created equal Therefore inequality has always existed in the united States legal system and continues to exist today however the inequality presently in the system is not as blatant as what it once was Slavery continued in the United States for nearly ninety years after the Declaration and African Americans still feel the sting of inequality today If the US legal system is blind and just as it is supposed to be why then is a minority such as the African American race the majority One of the most controversial issues today is the act of racial profiling The most common form is direct meaning victims are directly profiled usually by the police In this form individual officers act on racial stereotypes against racial minorities especially African Americans Recent studies in New Jersey and Illinois have confirmed that minorities are disproportionately targeted by police officers although minorities are almost helpless in reporting color of law attacks It is their word against a legal official and in most cases the minority victim does not receive justification because the officers are cleared of charges In 1957 President Eisenhower mandated that the United States Department of Justice prosecute civil rights violations to include police misconduct thus allowing uniform application of civil rights law across the nation Officers cleared of wrongdoing often do not understand the legal guidelines for police misconduct and feel unjustly targeted by the Department of Justice or the Federal Bureau of Investigation which have jurisdiction in this matter That feeling of
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