What 3 events/people most responsible for Rubin Carter’s imprisonment?

Rubin Carter was a regular black boy growing up in America during the time

when human right were not created yet and racism was plenty active. In his early



years, he has gotten

himself into trouble with the law after throwing a glass

bottle at a stranger s head who was trying to molest his friend. Rubin was arrested


because he assaulted the man and at the age of 11 was sent to Juvenile Hall for 10 years.


Things were going all right for Rubin (not sure about that) as he was doing well in his career as a middleweight boxer and has established a family with his wife and child. However, all good ended when the Hurricane was arrested and sentenced for life in prison for the murder of three men in a bar. There are three main reasons why Rubin


Carter was falsely imprisoned Detective De La Pasca was determined to lock the Hurricane up, both juries were white during a racial time period, and because of the false witness that lied about seeing Rubin. Detective De La Pasca shows a lot of commitment in wrecking the life of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. From the beginning of the film, when Rubin was first arrested at the age of 11 trying to protect his friend, the black boy was viewed as a menace by the detective. When Rubin was at the police station, the detective often made racist remarks


and threatened him. De La Pasca succeeded in locking the young boy in Juvenile Hall


and when Rubin ran away from the prison, the detective was once again quick to lock him up once again. “You owe me time,” De la Pasca said. When a pair of blacks driving a

white car murdered three men, it was easy

to blame the aggressive “Hurricane,”

coincidently driving a white car as well. Because of Rubin’s previous experience with the law, the detective was once again on the case of Rubin Carter. “Look closer,” the detective kept insisting even after the victim admitted Rubin was not the shooter. The second set of people responsible for the false imprisonment of Rubin “Hurricane” Carter were the juries convicting the black individual. Since we know these events were all taken place during the time when no human rights were present and racism was actively common, having both juries consisting of all white men would have been discriminatory towards Rubin’s case. “Not all white people are racist,” said the three activists to Lesra Martin who fired back, “Not all black men are murderers.” The fact that these juries were composed of entirely white, they would have seen Rubin as a villain who has simply resurfaced after his previous long-lasting sentence, thinking he now is a

murderer who deserves to be put in jail for a long time. However, such bias


judgement would result in Rubin “Hurricane” Carter’s false imprisonment.
Lastly, Rubin Carter was falsely imprisoned because of the lying witness Detective De La Pasca brought in. During these times of racism and lack of human rights, there was not too much hesitation to put a black man in jail for their ethnicity. When a black person committed some sort of crime, it was seen seem with an amplification, and when a witness, whether he was lying or telling the truth, adds to the story, the coloured

man or woman would normally end up in jail for a long time.

That is exactly

what happened in Rubin’s case, he had too much opposition towards him; racism,
witnesses, the detective and the juries. The witness however, lied when making his statement to the detective, “I was going for a pack of cigarettes, and saw Carter and


man shooting in the bar.” This was yet another person that was responsible for
To conclude, with as much opposition and discrimination as Rubin “Hurricane”

Rubin’s false imprisonment.

Carter had, he had little chance

of not getting sent to jail for life. From the extremely ed juries and the false witnesses, the

determined Detective De La Pasca, the bias

“Hurricane” has had some major interferences with his life. From the beginning of his youth, when Rubin Carter first got affiliated with the law, he has had a hard time erasing

the past which buil up to a point where he was falsely imprisoned. Even though



Rubin’s past convictions were inaccurate as well, they piled up again

st him and most

likely gave a negative impression of the extremely successful middleweight boxer. Regardless, Rubin Carter was falsely imprisoned for life because of a detective that

disliked him, because of the biased fully white juries, and because of false witnesses


such as the Italian who claim present.

ed seeing Rubin shoot at a bar, where the boxer was not