According to a Huffington Post article, racism could well be the biggest crime in the criminal justice system. In fact, if the current trends continue, one out of every four African American Males born within the last decade can expect to end up behind bars. That’s 25 percent of all African American males born in the last ten years, despite the fact that, according to the Census Bureau, in 2012 only about 13 percent of the United States population was African American (61 percent white, 17 percent Hispanic and the remainder classified as “other”).
More alarming statistics from the Huffington Post article include:
- African American men are 6 times as likely to be sent to jail or prison as white men.