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Racism haunts British courts judgments
Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:43PM
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The UK courts put more people from ethnic minorities in prison than their white counterparts indicted for committing certain categories of crime, a new study has found.

The study was carried into over a million recent sentencing records released by the Ministry of Justice.

The findings showed that black offenders were 38 percent more likely to be imprisoned for public disorder or possession of a weapon than the white citizens.

They were also 27 percent more likely to be indicted and jailed for drugs possession than white people, according to the study.

The study also found that Asian offenders were 41 percent more likely to be sent to prison for drugs offences than their white counterparts.

Another example of racism could be the Muslim community, which has faced a growing tide of Islamophobia for 30 years.

Racist thugs have regularly attacked Muslim homes, mosques, and even graveyards.

Many people believe that racism has always existed in the British society as it is so embedded, but the fact is, racism is a modern phenomenon that developed with capitalism, said Yuri Prasad.

Racism exists where an entire group of people are systematically discriminated against on the basis of characteristics they are said to share.

In some, but not all, circumstances the group is defined by certain physical characteristics, like skin colour.

The development of such a structured prejudice did not exist prior to capitalism, and a key phase within it-the transatlantic slave trade.

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