Though the U.S. has come a long way since 1776, there is still racism in the country. Minorities are constantly being oppressed. Even though the U.S. population is 61 percent white, black men are 6 times more likely to be incarcerated than white men.

There are many different examples where racism is prevalent in the criminal legal system. Minorities are constantly being stopped by police at a higher rate than white people. At traffic stps, police are three times as likely to search blacks or Hispanic drivers than white drivers. They are also more likely to use force during arrests.

However, there are things we can do to help reduce racism. We all need to remind ourselves that skin color does not define a person. If you see an act of racism, speak up. There are also ways to fight racism on a political level. Vote for a candidate who realizes the significance in ending racism and would make it one of their priorites.

Kyleigh Carter