Whenever I hear the word justice, immediately I think of someone committing a crime. Justice in my mind is punishing people for their wrongdoings and making them take responsibility for their actions. Because everyone views justice differently, they all have different opinions on what is proper punishment for wrongdoings, this is a downside of describing justice as punishment. Unconsciously we have different standards for different races and genders so we may view the type of justice they receive differently. For example, due to white supremacy, white people believe they should receive different justice for the same crime compared to a person of color. People of different races are also treated differently in the criminal justice system. Latinos, Blacks and other people of color are looked at in a more negative way when they commit a crime than a white person. We talked about in class how a black and white man have committed the same felony and how employers always tend to hire the white man over the man of color.
A good example of injustice in the criminal system is racial profiling. Racial profiling is where police tend to pull over or stopping people based on the skin color or race. This highlights how race is a major factor in criminal justice and how we target those of color more then we do white people. This article is very interesting about the social injustice of racial profiling.