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African American Women In The Prison System

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IntroductionMinority women in America face their "double jeopardy" status daily. The lower paying jobs, the lack of resources offered and available, perceived higher numbers of violent relationships and the inability to be looked at as an equal member of American society due to the white man's standards, just to name a few. These women are looked upon as being "less than" from the time they are very young, which is the most important time in a child's development. Minority women are classified as "troublemakers" and "deviants" and grow up fulfilling the duties of this classification that has been forced upon them. Women in the prison system are a growing concern in our society, and it is not difficult to see that the majority of women in the system are minority females, primarily African American women. This essay is written to uncover how our American society shapes African-American women's perceptions of themselves beginning at a young age and strengthening throughout their lives; also some of the problems women face while incarcerated; and lastly, women's experiences after their release from incarceration.Labeling our YouthLabeling theory states that "deviance is seen as a consequence of society's decision to apply that term to a person, and deviant behavior is behavior that society labels as deviant."(Reid, 2003) Labeling theory is explained best as the ideas/prejudices used by society to generalize and exaggerate characteristics of a certain gender, class or race category of a person, which subsequently causes stereotypes to be formed and change an individual's view of themselves and their role in society. Throughout American and some European history, African American men and women have been considered in all aspects inferior and incompetent in comparison to the white men and women. Stereotypes of this culture include the ideas that all African Americans are drug addicts, "crack heads", ghetto, lazy, dirty, troublemakers and aggressive, to name a few. Our entire society is built based on these levels of superiority, with those at the top receiving the best resources, and those at the bottom digging for leftovers. The ideas our society creates about men and women of color fall upon their children, and the negative responses received by minority members can be felt by the youth as much as by the adults. Therefore, the labeling of African American girls as deviants is a process that begins to affect them long before any crime is actually committed. Evidence shows that as early as the third grade, the teachers have already decided who is going to succeed in their class, and who isn't. Consequently, they spend the rest of the year investing their time and attention into the children deemed to be successes, and offer easier work and less learning activities and time to those who will be the failures. The following grade levels will reflect this label because the children will already be below average level and most likely not show as much desire...

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