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President Barack Obama is finishing his term with a lengthy essay on criminal justice reform in the Harvard Law Review, arguing that Americans should recognize systemic racism in the system.
“[W]e cannot deny the legacy of racism that continues to drive inequality in how the justice system is experienced by so many Americans,” Obama wrote in his 56 page essay.
Obama cited studies from the NAACP showing that African-Americans and Hispanics were more likely to be stopped by law enforcement officials and suffer stricter penalties in court.
If we are to chart honestly the path for criminal justice reform, we must confront the role of race and bias in shaping the policies that led us to this point,” Obama wrote.
Obama defended his decision to free 1,324 prisoners during his presidency, either through pardons or clemency.
originally posted by: ketsuko
Hmm, let me ask.
If the speed limit is set at 55mph and most everyone can manage to drive that, but you then get a bunch of ethnic Germans who are used to driving on the Autobahn who keep forgetting to drive 55 and thus get pulled over a lot more than their relative proportion of the population would seem to indicate, does this mean the speed limit and justice system is racist against Germans or that Germans are simply culturally inclined to have a problem with with speed limits in the US?
No racial bias in police shootings, study by Harvard professor shows
A study by a Harvard professor released this month found no evidence of racial bias in police shootings even though officers were more likely to interact physically with non-whites than whites.
The paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research, which examined thousands of incidents at 10 large police departments in California, Florida and Texas, concluded that police were no more likely to shoot non-whites than whites after factoring in extenuating circumstances.
“On the most extreme use of force — officer-involved shootings — we find no racial differences in either the raw data or when contextual factors are taken into account,” said Harvard economics professor Roland G. Fryer Jr. in the abstract of the July 2016 paper.