African Americans should not have to be scared to go outside any day thinking they might not make it home. African Americans feel targeted in today’s society because so many innocent African Americans are being incarcerated, shot, and killed. Since 2001, it is 6.1 times likelier to be incarcerated as a black man than a white man. This is all because of skin color. Black Lives Matter (BLM) was a group created to raise awareness for the heinous acts the have presented itself to the black community
Innocent men, women, and even children have been killed by police officers for no reason. Black lives matter, all lives matter. The Black Lives Matter movement has been expanding around the United States in the last few years. There are a huge number of people that are against the Black Lives Matter movement and say that the cops are just doing their job no matter what happens. When there is a news story about police brutality on black people, there are people that say that the cops are innocent and should not be held accountable for murder (Greene32).
Five police officers ambushed by a sniper and two black men shot by police during a supposedly peaceful protest. This protest quickly got out of hand because of the violence and threatening protest. Killing police for the rights of the black community was or should have never been a part of the plan. Now that police officers have been killed, this gives the police a greater reason and law enforcement to fear us and another reason for us to take caution. According to USA Today, Dallas Police Chief David Brown had a simple, prayerful message: “All I know is this must stop ... this divisiveness between our police and our citizens.” One must agree for us to work as a nation, law enforcement and the people they are protecting must come to a total
These events made the Blacks realize we are hurting our comment and need to stop. All of those events lead up to the city realizing what damage they did to the community. During the time when Arthur McDuffie was beat to his death by Dade county police officers, an event of riots broke out in Dade county, these deadly events created very bad damage to the black community and caused more racial conflict in the community. In the future of the topic there would still be police brutality and killings of blacks by law enforcements. As you can see the incident that happened in Baltimore recently.
Ida Bell Wells-Barnett commonly known as Ida B Wells was one of the nation 's most vocal anti-lynch activist of her time. (Steptoe) It all started when three of her African American friends were lynched after they opened up a store, the People’s Grocery, which competed well with a white owned grocery store nearby. A white mob attacked the People’s Grocery and three white men were injured, the owners of the store were then jailed when they were later broken out and lynched. This infuriated Wells and she wrote after the incident urging African Americans to leave Memphis, “There is, therefore, only one thing left to do; save our money and leave a town which will neither protect our lives and property, nor give us a fair trial in the courts, but takes us out and murders us in cold blood when accused by white persons.” This caused some 6,000 African-Americans to leave Memphis while others started boycotts on white businesses. (Wikipedia) This incident caused Wells to begin her research into lynchings.
For those of you who do not know Martin was an African American male who was killed by George Zimmerman who was of mixed race. This case threw the entire country into an uproar because Zimmerman seemed to be the aggressor in this case however people disputed on this because Zimmerman had a broken nose after confronting Martin. In the end Zimmerman was not acquitted which only made the anger over what was deemed a “hate crime” even greater. Race is ironic in this big case in that Zimmerman shot and killed Martin who was unarmed after saying he was scared, yet Zimmerman was the one who was armed and actively pursued Martin after being told my his dispatcher to end the pursuit. I would like to see the Zimmerman case examined in the same way that the Orbe and Kinefuchi (2008) article examined Crash because just like the nation I am sure that the opinions and points of discussion in this case would vary
Under apartheid everyone that wasn’t white got separated and treated less than people who were white, The white minority ruled over the others who outnumbered them significantly. There were a lot of pictures taken during the Apartheid and showed a lot of depressing images, like kids caring a dying classmate after a peaceful riot of kids were having a sit in, the police force opened fire on them and killed many. This is important because the world started to see how bad things were getting and those images became a martyr to everyone to help. In the book they tried to avoid this by making everyone happy with Big Brother before killing them. Winston in the book decided that he would before he died to think “Down with Big Bother” as one final act of defiance of Big Brother and may become a martyr so the proles would finally have an uprising and be free from big brothers rule(1984).
In the film Freedom Riders: American Experience the freedom riders would mentally and physically prepare themselves for the hatred from the people of Mississippi and Alabama, the two most racist states in America. This group of people called the freedom riders would get onto buses and ride into hostile cities as a form of peaceful protest; while this group of mostly blacks and a few whites were peacefully protesting the racists were beating, killing and severely injuring these people to the point where they needed to be hospitalized. By doing this they needed aid from the federal Government because while doing peaceful protest in stirred up a lot of tension in these towns and created violet brawls. So these freedom riders were being put into
The fox saw a crippled negro man deploying his last strengths, and it preyed on him, mutilating him with each of their seventeen barraging bullets. Everyone in their right mind understands that murder is wrong. However, many southerners of Tom Robinson’s time stood by and watched injustice like his death take place. Others, like Atticus Finch, did not allow bigotry to cloud their judgement and agree that Tom should not have been shot. Tom, a young black man living in Maycomb County Alabama, had been convicted of rape, a capital offense, by a jury biased by his race.
By the age of fifteen, he had known an uncle lynched for being “too” successful and knew of a black youth murdered for forgetting the strict sexual taboos surrounding interchanges between black men and white women. He had been personally assaulted without provocation by white youths and had participated in street battles between white and black adolescents. His insistent pursuit of a way out of the South is thus a reaction to the physical terrorism exercised against the black community. It is also a repudiation of the psychological condition that racism fosters in its victims. Richard has already suffered for years from the debilitating anxiety caused by trying to predict the behavior of white people, and he has often felt the impact of their displeasure, repeatedly losing jobs when they resent his manner or ambition.
Oscar Grant was shot by Johannes Mehserle on New Year 's Eve. The police are killing innocent blacks. This is how the police are killing African Americans. The police should treat them equally. Eric Gamer was choked to death because he refused to be put in cuffs .
Eric Garner is a more recent example of a time police used excessive force. He was an African American male who was choked to death. In an attempt to sell cigarettes on the street Garner caught the police’s attention. As the police were trying to arrest him one of them decided to bring him down by his neck. In the video Garner can clearly an repeatedly be herd saying that he couldn’t breathe.
Ironically, far more cases of discrimination happened in the Southern states in comparison to the Northern states. Later on were the Jim Crow laws which were enforced in the Southern states which led to the tragedy of lynching. Lynching was practiced by an infamous group known as the Ku Klux Klan and became a severe threat to African Americans as time went on. They targeted African Americans who showed any sign of disrespect towards whites. However, they also did it for no reason as black people were beaten or tortured if they weren 't in contact or became disrespectful towards the whites.
Taking population into account, “black Americans are 2.5 times as likely as white Americans to be shot and killed by police officers” (Lowery). On both sides of the coin, there are unjustly stolen lives. Police officers of all races are being targeted and African American children inherit disdain towards the men and women who simply wish to make a living. Similarly, African Americans are being targeted due to being considered criminals even though they themselves may be simply on their way home after picking up a pack of