Although the United States government is currently engaged in stopping foreign civil rights atrocities, it turns a blind eye to violence acted out against African Americans within its borders (PR N., 2014, para. 4). In South Carolina, the “rebel flag hangs] from the state house walls” (Bryan, 1994, line 2), serving as a constant reminder of the institutionalized racism that reflects U.S. social tensions today. Similarly, training officers, in Ferguson learn to “see communities of color as war zones and to behave like occupiers” (Warren, 2014, para. 3). In fact, human rights violations on African Americans continues to linger after centuries of persecution and racism (PR N., 2014, para. 4). In recent news, parallel cases involving conflict …show more content…
1) attacked civil rights protestors using “clubs, cattle prods, and tear gas) (Scott, 2014, para. 1). The protest was a particularly peaceful protest, where civil rights protesters “the marchers had planned to walk the 50 miles to Montgomery, the state capital, as part of a long-building protest against the denial of basic voting rights to Southern blacks” (Scott, 2014, para. 1). Tupac Shakur’s lyrics in “Changes” supports the happenings from Selma when he says “Cops give a damn about a negro? Pull the trigger, kill a n*gga, he’s a hero” (Shakur, 1998, line 6). Shakur is pointing out the fact that police act above the law and are supported by white civilians. This is also pointed out in the Ferguson case when Darren Wilson shot and killed Mike Brown. Officers are trained in different ways than the public is expected to see. Officers are trained like racist warriors, to see colored communities as “war zone and to behave like occupiers” (Warren, 2014, para. 3). Hootie & The Blowfish answered this article with their lyrics from their song “Drowning” asking “just that you don 't look like me tell me what do you …show more content…
Apuzzo and Warren alike feel as the central government is shedding all blame. “Government failure has yet again shifted responsibility to the citizenry” (Warren, 2014, para. 4). This is described as “politics,”(Apuzzo, 2015, para. 24) by Apuzzo. The best example of this lack of interest in conviction in racially fueled cases may be found in the Rodney King case of 1991. King was pulled over on Los Angeles’ 210 freeway driving at speeds of 115 miles per hour (Gray et al., 2014, para. 1). Once he exited the vehicle, King was met by four L.A.P.D. officers who continued to beat King within inches of his life. Fortunately, there was a video of the beating. In the video it is clear that the four officers are beating King to unnecessary extents, King had given himself up and the officers proceeded to beat him to his knees where once again he put his hands on his head. This, again, was not enough as the officers continued to kick, punch, and beat King with their batons. The King case was one of the first to publicly expose the inadequacies of the central
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Meanwhile, black people are often barred from serving on juries as a result of bizarre (yet ostensibly race-neutral) rules, meaning that many African Americans are tried by all-white juries. The deep racism of mass incarceration has been instituted through two broad steps: first, by giving law enforcement “extraordinary discretion” in who and how they approach, and second, by refusing to accept any charges of racism that do not identify a particular racist individual as the source of the problem. Alexander points out that anti-drug policy is particularly likely to be racially discriminatory because drugs are handled in a manner unlike any other crime. When an ordinary crime takes place, the victim (or someone acting on the victim’s behalf) alerts the authorities—the first step in the process of achieving justice. In the case of drugs, there isn’t a victim as such; both the buyer and seller of drugs have no incentive to call the police.
He asserts that “Something happens to people in law enforcement...after years of police work, officers often can’t help but be influenced by the cynicism they feel.” He rationalizes but does not deny, the law enforcement’s aggressive actions that the people of color may have seen or experienced. This method of pathos not only diversifies but also fortifies his thesis that there is evidence of racial profiling; however, he once again give reason for their skepticism to execute his primary purpose. Overall, dedicating three of his four “hard truths” to justify the actions of the law enforcement is crucial to his argument as a whole because his audience may have portrayed them differently
Over the last couple of years at Dominican University, I have taken numerous courses in sociology and criminal justice. I have learned a great amount about the criminal justice system. Michelle Alexander, who is a highly acclaimed civil rights lawyer, advocate, and legal scholar, speaks on the assault against on poor and vulnerable people in American society. In the book, The New Jim Crow, Alexander’s work takes on the systemic breakdown of black and poor communities overwhelmed by a huge quantity of unemployment, social disregard, and forceful police surveillance (Alexander, 2010). Alexander’s “subtle analysis shifts our attention from the racial symbol of America’s achievement to the actual substance of America’s shame: the massive use of
The book “for the Children? Protecting innocence in a Carceral State” written by Erica R. Meiners, is a book about how youths in the communities of color are deprived of protection, and how childhood was not being made available to all children of that community. According to the book, Meiners pointed out school-to-prison pipeline, incarceration willful defiance, racial profiling and policing has been a recurring and terrifying issue among the children of color, especially among the African American children. The ideology of policing and incarceration was to ensure that American citizens, both white and black are protected from harm and violence in schools and in their different neighborhoods.
Laurence Powell, Timothy Wind, Theodore Briseno, and Stacey Koon were the four officers who beat up Rodney King on March 3(Biography). Although not all of the officers were being accused of the same crime they all still faced many difficulties. The officers received many death threats because of how they treated King. Many people believed the officers did not deserve freedom and threatened their lives. Most of the officers were being accused of assault with a deadly weapon which would result in years of prison if convicted (Biography).The jury for the Rodney King trial threatened democracy and the fairness of the trial.
In the 1950’s and 60’s, the African American Civil Rights movement occurred. There were many leaders and pioneers of the movement, one of those leaders was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., some referred to him as Doc, Dr. King, Rev., and many more. Reverend King was one of many core leaders of this movement to break through racial segregation. There was Rosa Parks (Activist), James Baldwin (Writer), Nina Simone (Singer) , Jackie Robinson (Baseball Player) and even Muhammad Ali (Boxer) who have made somewhat of a change. In light of the fact of this movement, Dr. King had more than enough courage to express through his platform of “I Have a Dream”, “I’ve Been To The Mountaintop”, and “The American Dream”.
Martin Luther King Jr., the leader of nonviolent Civil Rights movements, once proclaimed, “...non-violent resistance does not seek to defeat or humiliate the opponent, but to win his friendship and understanding... The aftermath of non-violence is the creation of the beloved community, while the aftermath of violence is tragic bitterness” ( MLK Jr. Doc 11). The Civil Rights Movement began as a nonviolent movement in order to integrate white and black Americans to create an equal nation.
The beginning of the Civil Rights movement was the beginning of a new America. It cannot be pinpointed to a certain day, location, or person. Two young black men, however, have risen up to be the most recognizable faces of the new era: Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm Little (X). These two men are polar opposites in many aspects. Martin Luther King Jr. was in the middle class, whereas Malcolm X was in poverty.
Terror groups rose up to assure white supremacy in the South. African Americans could never win, especially when the Ku Klux Klan always forced them into debt. Although government awareness was brought up when they interviewed Henry Blake in Document 5, nothing could be done to stop the terrorizing feelings of individuals who fail to see that people of color are human as much as someone white is. African Americans worked to get the rights they deserved so of course they would be proud of what they accomplished. Document 4 is an account of Lucy McMillan, an African American, who had her house burned down by the Ku Klux Klan for “bragging” about her land owning rights.
• This book will be useful in talking about different cases that occurred at the beginning of the decade and how these cases started the awareness of police brutality in the 1990s. Adding some different viewpoints that this book provides will
The four officers were brought to court and tried on charges of assault. During the trial, an officer argued that Rodney King resisted arrest, and that they believed King was under the influence of Phencyclidine (PCP) which caused him to be very aggressive and violent toward the officers. When the police thought King was reaching for a weapon near his waistband, they thought the use of force would be “necessary”. The officers did not handcuff King until he lied still.
Rodney King Riots Protest Movement Paper On April 29, 1992, A week of non stop urban violence and mayhem erupted in the streets and cities of Los Angeles, the riots were commenced by the unjust trial that let the four white police officers set free of any charges. All four officers were captured on videotape beating on a black motorist named, Rodney King after a traffic stop gone wild. The Rodney King riots impacted society greatly by presenting the nations people with an understanding of how racism was still present in america. A reminder that "justice for all" was still a long way off being set in stone and to followed by most people.
Freedom. The importance of freedom is often forgotten as Americans live day by day taking this gift for granted. In this day and age, freedom seems as a “simple gift’ obtained by every American, but one forgets to think about those who were once unable to enjoy the freedoms one is promised daily. Back in the day, freedom seemed as nothing more than a dream to those of color. Everyday of a colored person’s life consisted of harassment and discrimination as no one cared to treat them as equals.
Para 1.) “After police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black 18-year-old. The fatal gunshots, fired by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on 9 August 2014, were followed by bursts of anger, in the form of protests and riots. Hundreds and then thousands, of local residents, had flooded the streets. The killing of Michael Brown created a new generation of black activists, with thousands taking to the streets, and a hashtag used more than 27m times.
On that note; does ‘Black Lives Matter’ mean that only black lives matter; or is it the concept that Black lives mattering is a precondition for all lives mattering? This paper will discuss in the rationality of the movement. The movement was created by Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi in response to the acquittal of George Zimmerman for Trayvon Martin’s death. It underlines the “racism and policing that shatters the illusion of a colour-blind , post racial United States” (Keeanga-Yamahtta, T., 2016).