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Common Legal Issues that Black Community Faces and Tips to Avoid Them

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Black individuals unsurprisingly face several legal challenges in the current society. This includes unfair encounters with law enforcement officers and other issues, which should essentially protect them. While there is notable progress in civil rights, the Black community still encounters significant barriers to equal treatment and access to justice. Below are some of the most common legal issues Black people face.

Racial Profiling


Black people are unfairly targeted, even by the police. Generally, they are more likely to be subjected to unfair profiling, which quickly escalates into unpleasant experiences. Black persons are more likely to be stopped by police, subjected to unlawful search, or arrested compared to whites despite similar criminal activity rates. While avoiding such incidences may prove difficult, the black community should find ways of mitigating them.


The community can mitigate racial profiling and unfair targeting in many ways. First is knowing their rights. Knowing your rights during a police encounter is important. Simple tips like the right to remain silent or the right not to consent to a search can help if there is no probable cause for the encounter.


Similarly, being calm and cooperative can help de-escalate the situation. Follow the officer’s instructions while asserting your rights. If possible, document the entire encounter. This comes in handy as evidence of misconduct or violation of rights by an officer.


Criminal Justice System Inequalities


Unfortunately, blacks are unfairly treated by the justice system. For starters, this community has the highest rates of arrest and incarceration compared to other races. Such overrepresentation is due to several factors, including racial profiling and disparities in access to legal services.


Black persons who face off with the criminal justice system are more likely to face harsher sentences. Rehabilitation opportunities and alternative sentencing options for blacks are also restricted. That said, the black population has the ability to reduce such cases.


Besides being educated on legal matters, they should avoid engaging in illegal activities. Even though systemic inequalities are evident, avoiding illegal activities reduces the risk of facing this biased system. This is important, especially in avoiding modern-day cases like cyberbullying and impersonation. Black people should learn some basics. For instance, is it illegal to send unsolicited pictures? What are the consequences of making false allegations against someone?


Workplace Discrimination


Discrimination in places of work is a pervasive issue that significantly affects the black community. While there are strict laws prohibiting employee discrimination based on race and other differences, black workers will face unequal treatment and hits like working conditions.


Blacks face workplace discrimination in many stages. This includes during hiring, promotions, and even pay. They are often denied promotions or ignored if opportunities arise. They also face harassment and microaggressions. While this is unfortunate, affected persons should document these incidents and take legal action against the employer. They should file complaints with the equal employment opportunity commission(EEOC). Advocating for inclusion and diversity in work environments is also important.


The black community faces serious legal challenges. While there’s progress in addressing these issues, a lot should be done to ensure equality. Efforts to mitigate workplace discrimination, racial profiling, and other issues have shown positive outcomes, but disparities still exist.


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