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We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal Thomas Jefferson wrote these immortal words in the Declaration of Independence in 1776 One has the right to impose the question Are we truly equal simply by taking a look at American society Presently the United States is a country in which thirty-three percent of the male ages eighteen to thirty years old of African decent are in jail on probation or parole This is an exceptionally high statistic in comparison to their white counterparts Some people argue that those statistics reflect high rate of crime which is prevalent in African-American communities Specifically the areas of concern are impoverished The rate of unemployment is higher than the national average The average income is considerably lower this leads to a sense of helplessness and hopelessness In the nineteen eighties unemployment was high and so was inflation crack became a channel of escape Powder cocaine whose usage also gave rise in the eighties was fashionable in upscale Caucasian neighborhoods and was viewed as glamorous and clean Just as there is a difference in the form of a drug that is preferred between the two ethnic groups so is the severity of justice that is meted out Federal law requires a mandatory sentence of five years for the possession of five grams of crack To receive the same sentence for cocaine powder form one must be apprehended in possession of five hundred grams These disproportionate statistics leads to the notion of the existence of a bias in the justice system to keep the public unequal If a bias exists why isnt it publicized This question is valid question with an easy answer If you a member of the public are also a member of the white majority you will not be affected by these biases Since 1995 discrimination in the court system has become easier to notice This partially stems from the fact that
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