On July 10, 2015 the Confederate Flag, a symbol of Confederate racism, was lowered. The racist associations with the Confederate Flag still remain today, even after its removal. Directly, the removal of this flag is caused by the nation’s disgust at the actions of one man: Dylann Roof, who entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church on June 17, 2015 and murdered nine African Americans. Although Roof’s actions led to the removal of the flag, the continuous police brutality and the way mainstream culture views African Americans led to Roof’s brutal massacre, which in turn led to the removal of the Confederate Flag. Police brutality occurs against those of all races and genders.
Upon learning of the bombing at the Church, Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. sent a telegram to Alabama Governor George Wallace, a staunch and vocal segregationist, stating bluntly: 'The blood of our little children is on your hands." The brutal attack and the deaths of the four little girls shocked the nation and drew international attention to the struggle of violence in Birmingham. Many whites were as outraged by the incident as blacks and offered services and condolences to the families. Over, 8,000 people attended the girls ' funeral service at Reverend John Porter 's Sixth Avenue Baptist
There was also the Eric Garner quandary in 2014 who was choked to death by police.Also, there was the John Crawford accident in 2014 who was on the phone with his mother of his kids when he was shot and killed by police for being suspected as a dangerous shooter. These incidents have led to very damaging riots like the one in Ferguson, Missouri because Michael Brown was shot and killed after bullying a store clerk. A much more recent episode of rioting took place in Baltimore, Maryland after the death of Freddie Gray who was manhandled and not given medical assistance after being brutalized. During one account where an officer attacked a black man, the department stated that it had nothing to do with race but the man feels differently. Across the nation and all over social media many have given their opinions about these issues with the majority saying that the government really needs to step in and help the situation.
Reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward were shot during a live interview.On wednesday,August 26,in Moneta,Virginia. The suspect of the shooting was identified as fellow journalist Vester Lee Flanagan II. He appeared on WDBJ-Tv as Bryce Williams, he was fired from the station after a year of working there. The women being interviewed,Vicki Gardner, was shot in the back and as in surgery. Later that day, the station reported that Parker, 24, and Ward, 27, had been killed.The gunman wrote that his “anger has been building steadily”because of his racial discrimination and sexual harassment.
The acquittal of Jeronimo Yanez sparked protests from thousands of people in the St. Paul area. Yanez, a police officer, shot and killed an African-American man, Philando Castle last July. Yanez faced the charge manslaughter among other offences. Yanez cleared of all charges On Friday, Yanez was cleared of all the charges related to Castile’s killing. Philando Castile was shot dead by Yanez during a traffic stop, last year in July.
He was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, MO. Brown’s story sparked a civil rights movement causing riots within the community. There had been reports of a local convenience store that had been robbed. According to footage Brown and a friend had assaulted the convenience store clerk. The police were called and dispatch gave descriptions of the assailants.
As they tried to end segregation, Terrible news struck. Someone bombed the sixteenth street baptist church.There was even a mob afterwards and the shooting of johnny Robinson.It wa a was a war between rih and wrong, Truth and lies, and it meant everything to everyone. Bull Connor struck back, making a gang of deputized white men keep black people from voting. John Lewis Finally decided to go to selma which was the heat of the beast. During this time, Registrars would inforse annoying law and rules to force black people not to vote.
Another angry kid shoots up a school full of kids, or was the cause of this tragedy darker than we could have imagined? “Lanza went to Sandy Hook Elementary School on Dec. 14, 2012 armed with an AR-15 rifle and other firearms. He killed 20 children and six educators” (Scinto). The nation was shook by the news of the shootings. Adam Lanza took twenty-six lives days before Christmas.
The confrontation ended with Zimmerman shooting the unarmed teenager in the chest”(Trayvon Martin Biography). His attacker George Zimmerman- a neighborhood watch member- reportedly shot and killed Martin merely yards from his home. Similar to Trayvon Martin, Mike brown was an unarmed teenager who was brutally killed by police. “The fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager Saturday by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb came after a struggle for the officer’s gun…”( Mike Brown NY Times Article). Hundreds of community members gathered to peacefully rally for a better investigation of his death, and in response police brought K-9 enforcements and weapons, if that isn 't a despicable representation of police force, I don 't know what
Due to his high-profile position with the NAACP, Evers became a target for those who opposed racial equality and desegregation. He and his family were subjected to numerous threats and violent actions over the years, including a firebombing of their house in May 1963. At 12:40 a.m. on June 12, 1963, Evers was shot in the back in the driveway of his home in Jackson. He died less than a hour later at a nearby hospital. Evers was buried with military in Arlington National Cemetery, and the NAACP awarded him their 1963 Spingarn Medal.
Many times African Americans are targeted. In fact, Police killed 160 black people in 2016. Did black lives activists die for such a world, destroyed by discrimination and inequality? African Americans throughout history have faced discrimination and brutality. Even small rights that everyone should have such as having the right to drink from a drinking fountain, were taken away from African Americans.
When police arrived at the scene they ended up killing the little boy almost immediately after encountering him. What the police assumed was a real gun, happened to be a pretend gun. The shooting of Tamir sent the country and African American community into complete outrage. African Americans were upset because countless innocent people continue to get killed by police officers. Fast forward to today, the city of Cleveland has granted the family of Tamir a settlement for six million dollars (htt).
“When the riots ended on August 3, 15 whites and 23 blacks had been killed and more than 500 people injured; an additional 1,000 black families had lost their homes when they were torched by rioters.”(Retrieved from the History website : http://www.history.com/topics/black-history/chicago-race-riot-of-1919). The reason of the riots was segregation and vicious racism. The officer’s racial decision on not arresting the suspect because he was white impacted the city of Chicago in
Can you imagine how it feels to no longer have your pride and joy with in a split second, due to the way they look? The exctuaray pain of a death of a child is a mother 's worst nightmare.They feel it is the only way to raise attention. In the city of Ferguson, Michael Brown was an unarmed black teen and was shot by police; this was the beginning of a wave of uprisings against police brutality nationwide. Michael Brown’s death proved how race played a role in the police system. The alteration was a interracial conflict.
The police shooting of Michael Brown and the unrest in Ferguson that followed was the first major protest that I followed closely on the news. I watched as police officers that looked like soldiers violently interrupted marches in Ferguson, and around the country. Then, I watched the collapse of Ferguson, Missouri’s unjust system of policing. At the time, I remember thinking that the voice of those that refused to remain silent against a racist institution invoked a progressive movement into the future. From that point forward, I understood that it was the voice of the people that would change unjust governmental practices.