If The Criminal Justice System Treated Other Music The Way It Treats Rap

April 2, 2015 5:19 PM

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If The Criminal Justice System Treated Other Music The Way It Treats Rap

Around the nation, police and prosecutors are using lyrics from rap songs to incriminate suspects and obtain convictions, often in the absence of traditional forms of evidence. In this way, rap music, and by extension the artists behind it, face unique scrutiny in the criminal justice system.

The vague protocols and laws that enable this practice are used almost exclusively against young black men, the individuals most likely to be creating rap music. Whether this is by design or coincidence, the mentality that enables the practice is racially tinged and troubling.

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