Body Count And Its Critical Analysis Essay

Length: 2 pages Sources: 5 Subject: Plays Type: Essay Paper: #37582101 Related Topics: Reincarnation, Imprisonment, Jim Crow Laws, Race And Arrest Rates
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¶ … Sanneh (2015) writes that Baltimore's crime statistics are complex: while killings have decreased in the several years since Coates' childhood, the population level of the city has also dropped. However, it can be said that United States (U.S.) crime rates, on the whole, have dwindled from the early 1990s, and the incarcerated U.S. population (unusually high compared to other nations) appears to have ceased rising. As regards police killings, every single one is heartrending, while the unjustified killings are downright shocking. For example, European police departments are far less prone to kill. However, no evidence exists to suggest a modern-day epidemic. While scant reliable nationwide data exists, records are maintained by the New York Police Department (NYPD). In the year 1973, when the Rockefeller drug laws were signed, 58 individuals were shot to death by the NYPD; in the latest year for which the department holds records, 2013, there were 8 such deaths. The campaign 'Black Lives Matter' is driven by the damage caused to African-Americans through violence. However, they reverberate so widely because after years of suffering chaos, a decrease in violence appears to be seen (Sanneh 2015).

Further, Sanneh (2015) states that authorities disagree with regards to the degree of change that can be ascribed to mass imprisonment or policing; crime rates, in several respects,...


However, the crime rate reduction that has occurred over the decades has made paying attention to activist pressures for reformation of U.S. system of criminal justice much simpler for politicians. There are some signs that show a slightly upward trend this year in murders, in several cities aside from Baltimore. If such a trend persists, it will prove injurious to political discussions pertaining to ceasing mass imprisonment by politicians (including those who are African-American). Michael Javen Fortner's provocative history, Black Silent Majority clarifies that there isn't any political movement that is capable of ignoring the cruel disorder genteelly termed as 'common crime'. If the American police force kills Blacks, it contributes to the racial violence already inherent in American history, but so would it if it doesn't succeed in keeping them safe. Alexander can be said to be justified in stating that the U.S. criminal-justice system represents a reincarnation of the atrocious former Jim Crow laws. This must, however, indicate something regarding African-Americans' desperation -- several of them backed it anyway, as the other option in their (rather reasonable) view, was much crueler (Sanneh 2015).

2. Two of the above stated concepts as they are presented in the article

A 1990 report by the Sentencing Project recorded that nearly a fourth of African-American men (23%) aged 20 to 29 years were either on bail, on trial, or in jail/prison (Mauer 1990).

According to Sanneh (2015), numerous politicians and citizens calculated differently, and established that the urgent necessity for protection outweighed persecution risks. During the 1960s, there was a steep rise in heroin addiction in New York's Harlem neighborhood. As well, the commonness of street crime caused some churches there to cancel evening services, to protect church-goers from criminals lying in wait while they went back home from service. Drug-related crimes caused a strain in Black and liberal…

Sources Used in Documents:


Blumstein, A. (1993). "Racial Disproportionality of U.S. Prison Populations Revisited," University of Colorado Law Review, Vol. 64, No. 3.

Mauer, M. (1990). "Young Black Men and the Criminal Justice System: A Growing National Problem," The Sentencing Project.

Mauer, M., & Huling, T. (1995). Young Black Americans and the Criminal Justice System: Five Years Later. The Sentencing Project.

Sanneh, K. (2015). Body Count. Engulfed by crime, many blacks once agitated for more police and harsher penalties. A Critic at Large

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