Defining Racism and the Difficulties of Proving Discrimination

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Defining Racism and the Difficulties of Proving Discrimination         Our group is taking the position that the perception of the criminal justice system as being racist is a myth. Since this assertion can be interpreted in many ways, it is necessary to specify what it means and does not mean.         First, we are going to explain that there is racial prejudice and discrimination within the criminal justice system, in that there are individuals, both white and …

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…literature. But surely the burden of proof rests on those who hold that the system is racist. Though I do believe that the weight of the existing evidence supports the nondiscrimination theory rather than the discrimination theory, I do not believe that the case for the nondiscrimination theory has been proven. The belief that the criminal justice system is racist is a myth in the sense that there is insufficient evidence to support this position.