American Sociological Association

ASA Condemns Systemic Racism in the Criminal Justice System

June 1, 2020

The ASA shares in the public outrage over the police killing of George Floyd and numerous other Black and brown people at the hands of racist cops. We wish to acknowledge and condemn the systemic racism in  society and the criminal justice system. Indeed, the death of Floyd is but the most recent in a sordid history of violence against Black people in America.  Over the centuries, police brutality has played a key role in oppressing African Americans and people of color.  Further, as sociologists have documented, police departments are funded through a predatory system that unfairly draws on revenue from communities of color.  Institutional racism in all its forms must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.  As sociological scholars and citizens, we have a responsibility to study and speak out regarding all forms of racism and injustice.


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