Sadly, when an officer uses their firearm, their objective is shoot to kill, not shoot to harm. Even though I don’t agree with the verdict of Eric Garner’s case, the police officer did not use a proper chokehold. Even though Garner kept saying that he could not breath, a cop cannot take that statement genuinely because of the what ifs. For example, what if Garner was faking that he could not breath so he could flee the scene, or what if he had a weapon. Although not all white cops are prejudice against black people, there is no denying that all police officers abuse their authority.
Racial bias in media affects everyone, whether it be directly or indirectly. Getting your information biased can bias your opinion, too. Even The Society Pages, who did a study on this, found that,”Biased reporting, in other words, changes the minds of viewers, literally” (Wade). If an average white person, who has little opinion about the colored race, sees a news report saying that four black men were arrested in a burglary investigation he probably would think much of it. If the pictures of those men were their mugshots after they had been dragged out of their homes, maybe even in the middle of the night, making them look menacing the white man might’ve thought that they were awful men.
Nowadays it’s very common for people to stereotype others basing it of the different sociocultural backgrounds. In society there is a lack of unity because there is no focus when it comes to minority issues, such as accepting that all individuals should be treated with equally respect. Lately, there have been multiple cases of police brutality towards the black community, causing a lot controversy, which as result there was a movement created called “Black Lives Matter”. This movement focuses on promoting equality for those that are treated and stereotyped unfairly because of their skin tone. In reaction to the movement “Black Lives Matter” there was a new movement created called “All Lives Matter”.
Chapter seven dealt extensively with race and racial prejudice, issues that most people would like to see eradicated, but some still believe to be ever present. Souryal’s literature, which deals with real life situations as well as theory behind it, presents some interesting but unfortunate cases where people are mistreated or biased against for nothing more than their race. Racial prejudice is wrong and shouldn’t have any bearing on the justice system, but unfortunately—due to things like racial profiling—there are still cases where a precedent is set and police act, either consciously or unconsciously, against minorities instead of criminals. Strange concepts, such as justifiable inequality, were explained—this, in particular, was a concept I knew nothing about before reading Souryal’s chapter on it. The chapter also went into great depth about serious issues like discrimination and stereotyping, especially how stereotypes about minorities, which are perpetrated by a very small percentage of them, lead to police misconduct and police stereotypes that hurt many upstanding citizens who are black or Latino.
Stop and Frisk has been a controversial issue since it was first enacted in 1964. Stop and Frisk is a officer protection procedure where a person is stopped for what the officer deems "reasonably suspicious" and then if needed the officer will frisk the person for weapons. The part that has been deemed controversial and what had many departments in hot water was the fact that many of the citizens were being stopped solely on their race and because they were in a bad part of town. Former Mayor Bloomberg of New York City rejected the idea of the courts when they declared stop and frisk as unconstitutional. He accused the judge of not giving the city a fair trial and said they would appeal the ruling so that they could allow the current stop and frisk procedures to continue.
The final way that shows how labels can affect people is negativity. There is so much negativity in this book, like when the book mentioned how the Ewells were not liked. “ The Ewells have been the disgrace of maycomb for three generations.”(Lee 30) This is true and nobody in Maycomb likes the Ewells. The only reason that people were on their side for the trial was because Tom was black and the people were racist that stood against him, They didn 't stand by the Ewells because they liked them. This book shows how labels can affect almost everyone and shows how you can be judged on almost anything.
Justice Department announces that no federal civil rights charges will be brought against George Zimmerman, who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in February 2012”. Equally important, one contributing factor that has become evident is race. A big factor in the Trayvon Martin case was claimed to be racism; a diversity of people claimed Zimmerman as racist; I strongly feel if Trayvon Martin was white the situation, and results would have been different. In addition, the most notable racial profiling occurs mostly towards African Americans, specifically young black males. In other words, Justice is not being served for people of color, such a tragedy, African Americans have developed their own powerful movement of national protests and distributed all over social media hashtags such as
I never really thought about our racism being hidden by our silence making it invisible “in the background of Whiteness” (Rothenberg 19). I think often the media plays a negative role in this form of discrimination, as while watching the news most of the broadcasts show people of color being arrested for felonies. Our text points out that whites stereotype African Americans as being dangerous. And I must admit when I am in a strange city, I am uncomfortable and immediately lock my car doors in areas where many black men hang out on the streets. Like the couple in White Privilege, I may also feel intimidated and not board an elevator alone with one big black man, even though I have in the past.
The ability to vote as an African American was definitely one great result because although there were attempts to place fear to not vote by the Ku Klux Klan there was still the right to have that voice. I feel that it is the fault of the federal government, states and the people. Because all of the issues that occurred with reconstruction, politically economically, socially the loss of interest and urge to fight. If there was the continued support from everyone then this attempt to discontinue the division could have possibly been a
Perspective 1 Do you think that with all of the discrimination issues we have today there would be different from 1951? Well the public interpretation would be the same as 1951 because we have police officers still shooting what we call “black people”. If it was different then black people would be treated the same as white people. I think what we do is bully the different race people. My claim is that I believe there is no change from 1951 to 1976.
Another issue that was mentioned in your speech was about police brutality. African Americans fear the knowledge that police brutality towards other African American victims is happening around them. Like you said, “We can never be satisfied as long as the Negro is the victim of the unspeakable horrors of police brutality.” Police brutality has gotten milder but it 's still out there and to be honest, you would like how the world turned out. Black lives truly did get much worse. Now the inability to speak out against injustice, fearing the fact that officers could get away with anything unlike before where voices were heard and feel free to speak
Boo Radley is not the only victim of this, but also African Americans not only prejudice towards them but injustice was being done towards them. This can be seen with Tom Robinson’s court. When Atticus is asking Tom why he ran away from the scene and Tom points out “if you was [were] a nigger like me” anybody would be scared as well (222). His reason is spoken loud and clear easily to understand life for African Americans is not easy. Americans were not only unjust with him but also prejudice by claiming him being “‘Guilty...guilty…” even they knew he was not guilty but at the end to them he was still an African American (240).
)So when a black police officer pulled over Coates’s friend and eventually killed him, a history of racism contributed to that event. Coates saw the system and not the individual as responsible. Ta-Nehesi Coates ability to make the reader feel these events and emotions makes a psychological impact on many as it did the author himself. Living through the words of the author and feeling the experience. All these events make the reader question, what kind of country is America that it can make a reasonable person like me live in perpetual fear for my life, and for a better future alongside the thought whether that future can be obtained.
Blacks are the number one race that is being killed by police officers; the numbers of the killings are drastically high. Although policemen have very difficult jobs, they were the ones that agreed to take on the responsibility, this comes with sticking to the laws; they must not allow personal beliefs to get in the way of the law. However, many police officers let their personal beliefs (some being of racism) get the best of them, this has become a problem, ACLU stated that, “Although some police officials are still in denial, we have presented strong and compelling evidence, of both an anecdotal and statistical nature, that racial profiling on our nation 's roads and highways is indeed a nationwide problem” (Harris).
Instead of addressing the racial injustice, they speak of the riots and protests against police officers by black individuals. The tragedy of the entire event isn’t even references in the NY Post, which straightaway appeals to supporters of the law enforcement system, inflaming readers with bold statements such as, “We have two more cops who were ambushed because of their uniforms,” (Inflaming Ferguson, NY Post). Although Washington Times can admit that such an event is a tragedy, they do display more noticeable support for the police departments. They go so far as to admit that, in their viewpoint, “a tragedy occurred, but a crime did not” (A tragedy in Ferguson, but the crime is the work of race hustlers, Washington Times). The appeal isn’t directed towards any civil rights activists with these two news sources, as NY Post has said, “The whole ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ narrative promoted by activists and the media was false from the start” (NY Post).