TheUnited States has a long history of racism, which dates back from thetime of slavery. At that time, the black were seen as property as itwas ruled in Stanfordv. Dred.A case which would be a landmark in the justice system highlightingthe plight of the black people. Soon after the Civil war, and slaverywas abolished, the Jim Crow era came to be, and as a result, manyblack people were killed and lynched by mobs such as the Ku KluxKlan. As these acts continued, racism tendencies between blacks andwhites kept on growing. Today, some judgments are based on racialexperiences that the judges have gone through in their lives.
Theblacks continued to fight for equal rights, but still, systematicracism was practiced. This can be proved in the Plessyv. Fergusoncase where Plessy was convicted for violating car segregation laws.As time passed, the blacks and other like-minded people continued topush for equality up to where the nation is today. In an effort tostreamline the justice system and provide true justice to all peoplewithout racism, the people of color were also provided a chance towork in the criminal justice system.
However,there were questions about racism that needed to be addressed asjudges tried to be impartial in giving their verdicts. Jeff Guostates that this step made it possible to have diverse people whohave had various life experiences on racism in the criminal justicesystem. In the previous decades, blacks were convicted in some caseswhere they were innocent due to racism and labeling towards them bythe whites. It was easy because inherited systematic racism waswidely practiced and fronted by social media.
Thus,I agree with Guo article’s about a report by sociologists where itwas found that federal judges would likely dismiss racediscrimination cases as they have never been victims. Similarly, Iagree that there are high chances for ablackfederal judge to make a verdict in favor of a person alleging racialharassment as he/she might have gone through the same experience.
Though,judgment should be made on facts and evidence, while judges try tomake an unbiased decisions, the emotional experiences can play a partsubconsciously. Another, point that I agree with Guo is the fact thatjudges become strict when presiding over a case that involves aperson of their race as they try to avoid being accused of biasness.As a consequence, they give sentences, which might seem harsh than ifthey presided over a person of a different race in the same case.
Thus,I believe that our races and experiences play a role in the verdictthat is given in the judicial system and people today try to avoidbeing viewed as perpetrators of racism when they preside over a caseinvolving people of their race and those who are different. As aconsequence, there is a high likelihood that verdict for cases wherethe judge is from same race as the one who has been convicted mightbe harsh if they are they are guilty. On the other hand, verdicts maybe less harsh if the judges and defendant were from different racesas people are consciously aware that their actions are underscrutiny.