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Over the years, there has been injustice in America’s justice system. This injustice is in accordance to racial inequality. Americans who are not of the white race, to be specific, are affected by this discrimination. The police and courts of law are the most evident institutions of the justice database system in which racial inequality is most practiced. In recent years, there has been severe treatment of black Americans by the police. This has even further escalated to killings of black Americans by the police sworn to protect them. Michael Brown’s killing in Ferguson in 2014 is just one of many examples where a black American was killed at the hands of the police. Since this event, Americans have paid more attention to the racial inequality present in their justice system.
There are depictions in form of songs, films and art on racial inequality in the American justice system. American Skin (41 shots), is one of these written and sang by Bruce Springsteen (Millner, 2002). The Central Park Five, made in 2012, is a documentary film that also illustrates this vice. It was directed by Ken Burns, his daughter and her husband. Harmed & Dangerous, a visual art by Dread Scott, alludes to the same. It includes four photographs that show African and Latino males and females who are armed. It also consists of a prison booth.
American Skin is a song about a Guinean immigrant, Amadou Diallo, who was shot 41 times at his doorstep in his New York home by the police. They were going door to door in search of a serial rapist. The man reached for his wallet and the police mistook the action to him pulling out a gun. The police made an assumption that he was a criminal due to his race. The film, Central Park Five, tells of the story of assault on a white female jogger that happened in Central Park in New York. On that night, five juvenile males, one Hispanic and four black Americans, were arrested in connection with the crime.
Before their trial a DNA test of the rape kit was conducted and none matched the arrested people but these findings were termed inconclusive. The five were found guilty and served a sentence until one Matias Reyes confessed to the crime. There was clear DNA evidence that he was the perpetrator and the police ignored this (Stratton, 2015). The race of the five convicted is what prompted these heinous actions. Harmed and Dangerous illustrates that the other races besides white, are considered to be more prone to committing crimes. This is brought about by the photographs of people holding guns. The prison booth that is close to these photographs, casts light on the fact that prisons are filled with people of colour.
Film, music and visual art are humanity disciplines that have been used to bring to light the injustice that is present. These disciplines create awareness among a wide range of people on racial inequality in the justice system.
1. Millner, S. (2002). 41 Shots. Public Culture, 14(2), 305-310. doi:10.1215/08992363-14-2-305
2. Stratton, G. (2015). Transforming the Central Park jogger into the Central Park Five: Shifting narratives of innocence and changing media discourse in the attack on the Central Park jogger, 1989–2014. Crime, Media, Culture and Health: An International Journal, 11(3), 281-297. doi:10.1177/174165901559279