A lot of credence is given to the U.S. Constitution, and for good reason. This document, which serves as the foundation of our country, lays out the basic rights and protections afforded to all individuals. However, as time passes and the world changes, laws must be enacted to clarify the meaning of the constitution and further protect the rights it enumerates.
The law gives individuals certain civil rights, which form the foundation of our democracy and many of our freedoms. Despite these rights being engrained in our society, far too often they are infringed upon. This is unacceptable, primarily because the ramifications can be enormous for individuals
Unarmed civilians, often of color, being killed by police is nothing new. But it is only recently that the stories are getting more attention from the public and the media. The stories often cause outrage when it is reported that the police officers who caused the killings are not charged. People wonder how this can be if the victim was unarmed?
"When Facebook uses the vast amount of personal data it collects to help advertisers to discriminate, it's the same as slamming the door in someone's face," says a spokesperson for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
When you buy a car, there is typically no set price. The final price and terms be negotiated with the dealer, often with little information on the part of the consumer. As a result, it can be easy for unscrupulous dealers to take advantage of people -- and studies have shown that the people being taken advantage of are African-Americans and Hispanics.
In October 2016, the nonprofit investigative journal ProPublica published a blockbuster exposé about housing advertisements on Facebook. Advertisers could tailor their ads to exclude people based on race, gender and other factors that are illegal under the Fair Housing Act, which prohibits discrimination in housing.
According to the National Registry of Exonerations, at least 139 people were exonerated in 2017. These innocent people spent an average of 10.6 years behind bars before their wrongful convictions were overturned. Why are there so many and what do we know about these wrongful convictions?
Today, it's shocking when people with disabilities are prevented from shopping at stores or working with businesses due to accessibility problems. It does still happen, but it is less common now thanks to the Americans With Disabilities Act.
It has been 50 years since the Fair Housing Act prohibited race discrimination in mortgage lending. Unfortunately, a major new study has found that these harmful and illegal practices continue today, despite an affirmative obligation on lenders to actively solicit business from every segment of their communities.
Police officers are supposed to keep Pennsylvania residents safe from crime, but they must also respect the rights of all civilians. Part of police duty is to make sure arrests are lawful and free from any abuse of their authority.