The Code of Silence
The code of silence within minority communities contributes to more violence and crime.The code of silence runs so deep that many blacks, who snitch, morally struggle with their decisions. No-snitching culture is engrained into our everyday life in these communities through music, television, and personal relationships. Not snitching on criminals and a violent act can lead into injustice for the victims and unsafe environment. The code of silence can and will affect individuals, families, and communities if it doesn’t be broken.
Crime and violence will never seem to cease if they won’t break the code of silence because the violators will not be rightfully serve. When we are silent, as opposed to assisting with arresting the criminals, it perpetuates the situation. They are not caught, and feel invincible, which allows them to rein terror in our communities!! The earliest experience with injustice I have had was the murder Of Terrell Banks, a family member of mines. The injustice comes in the fact that his murder has gone unsolved for two years, due to the fact that witnesses have refused to come forward because of the ‘no snitching,’ ‘in the hood. The code of silence enables people to commit crimes with no regard of getting caught.
The case is more solid with a witness, therefore the State will ask for more time. There is less of a chance of a plea if caught when the State has a solid witness. In a society with lack of morals as we live, the best deterrent to crime is the removal of freedom. If an offender feels they can get away with minimum time, they are more likely to commit that crime.
The code of silence works not out of fear, but because of lack of trust in the police. First, some community members fear that the police cannot protect them from retaliation; second, some believe a blue wall of silence exists in police departments, and that it is hypocritical to ask citizens to snitch on each other when officers will not do the same. there were is routine to relocate witnesses, but is not option because victims or witnesses have extended families they do not wish to leave behind because they become targets of retaliation.
If the governing officials straighten out the system and build trust and the code will disappear. Individuals’ personal safety is a stake and when it’s public known that you have snitch, that’s when you are ridicule and have the fear of being hurt. In conclusion, the code of silence within minority communities contributes to more violence and crime. The code of silence can and will affect individuals, families, and communities if it doesn’t be broken. Crime and violence will never seem to cease if they won’t break the code of silence because the violators will not be rightfully serve.