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War On Drugs Essay

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The War on Drugs was created to locate drug problems in the United States by designing a system of zero tolerance of drug use. Any use of drugs weather it is selling, trafficking or using is problematic and defined as deviant behavior. Individuals who threaten the social order of zero tolerance of drugs are then labeled as deviants. Through the War on Drugs Research has found that many of American societies men specifically black men are locked up behind bars and not for violent crimes. Black men of minority are behind bars and fill up our correctional facilities due to mandatory minimums of incarceration because of drugs. Black men are forced to leave their families, leave jobs and subdue ...view middle of the document...

Individuals that are more likely to engage in deviant acts are those of minority groups. These minority groups usually consist of the African-American and Latino race. Those are people who share similar financial and economic status who fall into the same social ranking. The labeling perspective suggests that individuals that are more likely to participate in acts that don’t fit the norm as individuals that are different than those who conform to rules and abide by societies laws. Individuals that are prone to law breaking see themselves as on the other end of the spectrum to those members follow social order. This is because they feel society has put a label on them almost like an outsider, or a labeled rule-breaker or a deviant individual that accepts the label attached to them and view themselves as unlike the rest of society.
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The New Jim Crow
Michelle Alexander wrote a book called "The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness." The original Jim Crow was a racial caste system that segregated whites from blacks, where whites were privileged and viewed as the chosen ones while blacks were taught to be minority and used as servants between 1877 and the 1960s. The Jim Crow system kept whites superior to blacks with laws created to keep whites favored. It was a legal way to prevent African Americans from getting an equal education, from voting; it was a system of "Separate but Equal". In 1964 the Civil Rights Act was passed to outlaw discrimination due to ones skin color. Although this act was passed we still continue to live in a society where discrimination is quite relevant but systemized. Through Michelle Alexander's book we can understand her argument that there is a new form of legal discrimination although laws state that discriminating an individual because of their race is illegal. Michelle explains that there is a current mass incarceration among black men in the United States. The use of, possession of, or selling drugs is illegal but it has been systematically created that laws make it impossible to. She claims that the criminal justice system uses the War on Drugs as a way to discriminate and repress the black man.
The labeling perspective comes into play with Michelle's claim because African American men have been labeled to be the race that's attached to deviant acts. Because black men are attached to the deviant act of drugs, the criminal justice system created laws which make it where there is a mandatory minimum of time that has to be served for the smallest amount of drugs. Once he serves time in a correctional facility he is now placed in an even lower social class than he was in before he went in. Once he has a felony, the individual is forever labeled deviant. He or she loses their right to vote, doesn't have many options of employment and carry a status that they cannot escape.
The House We Live In
The film "The House I Live" directed by Eugene Jarecki I found was a very interesting...

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