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It's a common belief that western nations believe that their own justice system is blind, and that all people are equal before the eyes of the law. Whether or not that's true is an entirely different scenario. Canadians take pride in our open mind approach to and acceptance of all cultures, multiculturalism is what makes this Canada so unique and great. A closer in depth analysis into Canada's justice system will show that their acceptance of all cultures did not leak through to the confinements of its courts. Why it is that one race or class is more likely to be an inmate? From a racial standpoint, is it in the genetics or the way that they are raised that inevitably lands them the hands of the judicial system or are there other factors that contribute to one race having a high number of criminals. Another form of possible discrimination that's quite evident through out the legal system is that of class segregation. The poor are far more frequent in jail then the middle and upper class, but is it just a coincidence? Or are they being targeted by middle class police officers, lawyers, and judges? Through out this critical assessment of the Canada's justice system it is important first to identify the poor, then to identify the criminals, and conclude if there is any direct relationship between the two categories, then a judgment can be made on the discriminations (if any) ...read more.


This then raises the question of racism, and if it plays a part in black people's high jail rates, or is just the fact that they are more frequently poor, and the poor are more frequently criminals. As members of a first world nation, it an important belief that all are treated equally and that racism was a thing of the past but has been cleared up today. That's a very naive viewpoint, although race relations with in Canada and the United States have improved drastically, racism is a personal viewpoint and the nation cannot control what each individual within its boarders, believe. Therefore racism still exists, and although it is unlikely that it can be blamed for the all of the arrests made to the race it can't be ruled out completely. Studies show that officers stop five times as many black people as do whites during stops based on suspicion. (Delgado, 2001 p. This can easily be seen racist cops targeting black males because they have been stereotyped as criminals, however if it's a rough area and there are predominantly black people there, it's foreseeable that the majority of people being pulled over are going to be black. To sum all this up, an academic assessment of these studies would show that its not racism at hand, rather more cops in poorer areas therefore which ever race is present within those poor areas may be pulled over, targeted or arrested more frequently. ...read more.


The focus should be to help them and to change things rather then to punish them and make things worse. Although the studies mention leaned towards the realization that our institutions and authority figures may be racist towards black people, however it's in the best academic judgment to see through the race and culture and to focus on the economic discrimination. Due to the fact that black people have a lower income level then white people in Canada that can be directly aligned with why there is a higher rate of black people in jail. Extreme poverty magnetizes criminal activity, therefore regardless of race or culture, any human being living in those conditions is more likely to commit an offence, and less likely to be acquitted due to lack of funds for proper representation. They are then stuck in a struggle in which they need to achieve economic wealth, but don't have the money for the top schools therefore lack the education, and they can't get a good job because no one will give them a chance, therefore lack of experience. It then becomes a cycle where the poor stay poor and continue to get poorer, while as the rich continue to thrive and get richer. With race aside, the battle truly becomes the rich against the poor, a true capitalist society in which the poor are in fact the majority however are forced into lives of crime while the minority of rich life in safe areas, and live a rather lavish lifestyle. However this is what Canada is, and what it will continue to be the land where the rich get richer, and the poor get prison. (S) ...read more.

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