Black people are not more likely to commit crimes, despite mythical fallacies like “Black-on-Black crime.” The truth is we’re more likely to be targeted, arrested, and sent to jail because we’re Black. Then once we get to the courtroom, there’s more racism ahead.
Prosecutors are very powerful. They decide whether or not to charge people for crimes and how harsh of a sentence to pursue. When you’re Black, the prosecution and the judge are more likely to charge you more for the same crimes. And it still gets worse.
A Punishment System
Black activists are renaming the “justice system” the “punishment system.” It’s about punishing Black people and maintaining white supremacy. That’s why all of what we see today can be directly linked to slavery and the Black codes. It’s not broken – it’s working as intended!