Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Pan-African Studies

Committee Chair

Jones, Ricky L.


Discrimination in criminal justice administration--United States; Drug control--Social aspects--United States; War on Terrorism, 2001- --Social aspects; Crime and race--United States; United States--Race relations


This thesis is an examination of the relationship between race and ethnicity and the American justice system. It is a comparative case study of the racial dimensions of the War on Drugs in the domestic criminal justice system and the ethnic dimensions of the War on Terror through an examination of the prison and prisoners at Guantanamo Bay. This thesis is about building bridges between domestic and international conceptions of justice with a focus on human rights. Central to this project is an exploration of similar process of white fear, racialization, and dehumanization black and Arab/Muslim men experience under the American justice system. Finally, this thesis explores the political ramifications of wars on ideas (the War on Drugs and the War on Terror) and how that effects punishment.