In this edition in our Reading Race and Criminality series, Dr. Brad Stoddard examines the history and politics that frame Florida's experimentation with faith-based prison reform.
Racial inequality is a well-known problem across the United States, but people rarely know how or why these numerous socio-economic gaps were created and allowed to persist between humans with simple differences in physical characteristics. In fact, the racial disparities that we observe today find their origin from the inception of a country that set forth that all men are created equal. But recent research suggests that many citizens may inherently believe otherwise.
This is about fear and how humans choose to deal with it. And it's a problem when individuals and institutions and corporations can designate some persons as collateral damage. It's a scary thing when the expense of human life can be factored in, or even worse, considered negligible.