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Multiracials and Civil RightsMixed-Race Stories of Discrimination$
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Tanya Katerí Hernández

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479830329

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479830329.001.0001

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Multiracial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System

Multiracial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System

(p.76) 5 Multiracial Discrimination in the Criminal Justice System
Multiracials and Civil Rights

Tanya Katerí Hernández

NYU Press

When mixed-race persons are removed from society because they have either been arrested or convicted of a criminal offense, the criminal justice system they enter is not devoid of racial hierarchy. In fact, there are ways in which the criminal justice system is even more explicitly racially stratified with whites as the bulk of law enforcement officers and non-whites as the disproportionate portion of arrestees and inmates. Ninety percent of those admitted to prison for drug offenses in many states are black and/or Latino, and convictions for drug offenses have been identified as the single most important cause of the explosion in incarceration rates in the United States. It is thus noteworthy to observe that mixed-race arrestees and prisoners describe their experiences of discrimination in ways that parallel the white versus non-white binary found in all other multiracial discrimination contexts.

Keywords:   Criminal justice, Police brutality, Racial profiling, Prisons, Multiracials, Mixed-race, Biracial, Discrimination, Racism, Law

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