In correspondence, the liberty of many ethnicities varies on the society situation. What I mean by this phrase is that is that different cities respond stereotypical towards minorities differently. Some situations Hispanics are seen as the danger, Muslims are the terrorists, Asians are plotting the advancement of technology, and African Americans are the harassers, rapists, etc. African American are typically characterized as the most dangerous race because of the recent resurface of segregation among minorities under President Trump. As he became president, new sets of laws were being passed and many were being revised. As from today, the film in class and the reading of Michelle Alexander, the War on Drugs continues to resurface along with the interpretation of the Fourth Amendment. It is the leading cause of why so many undocumented individuals are currently being incarcerated in reference to being taken out of the United States, on the basis for many of suspicion with their race being collateral damage added. As I switched majors while a third year, I reflected what it is I now want to do with a degree in sociology as a first-generation Latina graduate into the world of constant discrimination. I disliked the presence of police because of the way they treated activists as I went along with my grandmother on protests or for my most personal reason, how they treated my father. The viewing of police brutality among the screens and the leading reason they do they arrests are on basis on suspicion of carrying a weapon and/or some kind of drug (marijuana as #1 before being legalized). It is the infuriating reason why many are now uniting to defend one another. It is a reason to fight along this battle getting an education and knowledge for what we want to fight.
Q: Relating to increase of incarcerations as a whole second-class caste of criminals as understood of Michelle Alexander’s, does it relate to the same scenario as Alcatraz, Rikers Island, or even to San Quentin State Prison and reasons to being incarcerated?
Until this century in time, there is the constant prejudice towards the minorities who are predisposed to failing in their lives because of the government “setting” them up with incarceration. There exists differentiating political opinions on such topics as the government being involved in their failures and glories to others. The interpretation that as a minority in society is true to a sense of who is wrongfully being convicted of a crime and the other partied involved. We do see around the world the variety of communities economically suffering for many reasons, but the top reason is the inability to attain certain liberty back after serving time. As stated in the reading, those individuals who go to jail are those who have a hard time settling back into reality because they are not able to get the same benefits as the rest of the society. As example are the opportunities with a job and stating “I have spent time in jail.” It is surrounding the basis of the American society seeing “colorblind” race-neutral terms and believing the Anglos as the hierarchy in the triangle. The success of an individual who was in prison is less likely to happen because in cases of being colorblind in America, there is a negligence of believing this all happened and are now liberated to move forward. The stability of their communities plays into the action. The necessity to survive financially after serving and trying to get back on your feet is difficult. Prison is the ultimate end for an individual being defined as a criminal who will only set foot back into jail themselves or another loved one sooner or later.
Q: Are any, of the so liberties as jobs, enlisting, purchase of weaponry, etc., only taken away in the sense of the repetition of such crime or do they exists under the belief that minorities are not entitled to these?
Discrimination surrounds the idea of change in the community. Once someone who stands out in the crowd comes to join, everyone believes the right to either introduce themselves or believe them to be “shunned.” This reference is demonstrated the same way whether it be with race, class, education, or even gender. As to say, women are seen to be the inferior gender who are to be stay-at home moms and keep their significant other happy. As a Latina, that was something that I have come to see a lot among my friends and their situation at home but what I believe as to what I was thought, women are just as capable of working hard, getting an education, and maintaining their household.
I come to see women as the superior gender on both the outside perspective and a personal bias one as well. Women of color are stereotyped to work as sex slaves, nannies, or maids and viewed as incapable of achieving anything greater than that, but those we least expect from, are those that exceed the most in society. Women have overcome great gender barriers as to voting rights, pro-choice, fair wages, and representations among the nations in politics such example as Hilary Clinton who ran against 2016 winning candidate, Donald Trump. The devastation of the nation when our hopes of the first female president was lost to a president who only resurfaced the terms discrimination and sexism as “OK.” Women represent such glory and strength into the nation and in my opinion, bring clarity to work hard, achieve, and succeed.
Q: Does understanding the perspective for women or people of color and speaking on behalf of them and their experiences define an individual to force into the shoes where they have no experience or see it as an attack of racism?