Affirmative- Minorities at a Disadvantage in a Country of Inmates

“One in every three black males born today can expect to go to prison at some point in their life, compared with one in every six Latino males, and one in every 17 white males, if current incarceration trends continue.” As stated in an article by Saki Knafo in the Huffington Post.


There is a major racial disparity in the criminal justice system of the United States. The United States is ranked with the highest amount of individuals incarcerated. Given the information above you can easily conclude that most of the individuals incarcerated are minorities. Once released from prison these previous inmates face another hurdle of finding employment and possible legitimate earnings that can provide for themselves and their families. This has also been considered an explanation for the wages gap between White Americans and Black Americans (Cox, R.). Which has lead these ex-offenders to fall back into a vicious cycle in order to provide for themselves.


Another hurdle ex-offenders face, whether white or black, is the ability to vote depending on which state you reside in.  That means one in every three black males and one in every six latino males are deprived from voting, leaving the majority of voters white. Without the ability and encouragement to vote, these citizens are left out of a big part of our population that are being under represented. Without their representation the United States will continue to be the highest ranked country with the most prisoners. Most of this information is known to the American public, which has shaped the perceptions on minorities. This perception has pushed individuals to think of minorities in ways that lead them to be subjected to certain social norms.  To conclude this thought, inmates face so many hurdles once they are released but minorities face even more hurdles that are systematically difficult to overcome.



Cox, R. (2015, January 16). Where Do We Go from Here? Mass Incarceration and the Struggle for Civil Rights. Retrieved March 24, 2015, from

Knafo, S. (2013, October 4). 1 In 3 Black Males Will Go To Prison In Their Lifetime, Report Warns. Retrieved March 24, 2015, from


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