Police officer’s reputations are reduced and they lose the public’s trust as protectors. Specifically, society talks about the act of a white police officer savagely attacking a black citizen. The black population was enraged by this act and formed activist movements to prevent any police brutality brought upon them. As the controversy rise, society starts picking a side to defend. In this case, the nation is split into two sides. People pick the side that either defends or criticize police officers use of force. However, the people do not realize that this topic is plainly ridiculous and dangerous. This issue will not only hurt both sides, but also harm innocent civilians as well. Police brutality is a big dispute between different communities; however, there are several solutions that can solve this
Imagine the stress and the hardships of being a refugee and moving to a completely different country. Mawi Asgedom was a refugee starting at age three, and he had to start a whole new life in America. In Mawi Asgedom’s book, Of Beetles and Angels, the Asgedom family lived in a refugee camp in Sudan, but they moved to America because they wanted a safe haven from the wars. They felt that America was a paradise where everyone had things like big houses and fancy cars. That was not the case, however, and many challenges were waiting for them when they arrived. Mawi was determined to do well in school so he could help his family, and he eventually got offered a full-ride scholarship to Harvard University for academics. During Mawi’s life he overcame a lot of obstacles such as bullying, financial issues, and deaths, which motivated him to always do his best.
Could you imagine having to run away from your home and your family because of a terrible war in your village? According to the Tennessee Office for Refugees, “It is a badge of strength courage, and victory to be a refugee.” In the novel, A Long Walk To Water, by Linda Sue Park, a young boy named Salva is a Southern Sudan refugee, a “Lost Boy”. He shows strength, courage and bravery when he makes his journey to escape war. Salva is stuck in his war struck village, and he needs to show these qualities if he ever wants to make it to a safe place.
As Ong did with his articles, society can become united against injustice if it is brought to light. Police brutality that had gone on quietly for many years has finally reached the news with an explosion of media posts with powerful phrases like “Black Lives Matter” being crowned in the process. Words turned to actions where all across the world people were chanting Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Michael Brown and many others. This international outrage at injustice was due significantly to the media coverage that was finally given to the issue. As well as, the people began taking coverage into their own hands through social media. Hashtags, comments and posts that used to seem trivial turned into powerful methods of expression. This was shown similarly in “The Gambler” with Kulaap’s own media stream of her date.
In the article, “Roots of a Riot” one phrase which stood out was “Baltimore’s eruption follows decades of systematic failure.” (Von, 2015). From a sociological structural strain perspective, the individuals of Baltimore were more likely to riot due to the fact that they were not able to reach the cultural goals because of systematic failure; in other words, a lack of institutionalized means. The impoverished communities of Baltimore had a lack of institutionalized means, such as, education, job employment, and role models, and as a result, were neglected the opportunity to reaching the culture goals as other communities. For instance, in “Goodbye to Freddie Gray and Goodbye to Quietly Accepting Injustice”, by Michael Eric Dyson, Dyson statistically states that “the unemployment rate in the community where Mr. Gray lived is over 50 percent; and the high school student absence rate hovers at 49.3 percent” (Dyson, 2015). For this reason, the community which Freddie Gray came from had rebelled against society and rioted. This rebellion is not only seen in the city of Baltimore, but also in Los Angeles and Ferguson, Missouri. After the death of Freddie Gray and Michael Brown, and beating of Rodney King, the people from the oppressed communities had nothing to lose when they had rioted and rebelled since they were not given the equal
Police brutality will be an issue until a solution is created. Many individuals are victims of this form of assault on daily basis. The liberties held by law enforcement are challenged each time they perform their duties. Police officers should abide by the same laws that each citizen is expected to abide by. Although police officers are granted with the right to determine laws as constitutional, civilians are sometimes treated in ways that are beyond unlawful.
“In 2013 there were 41.3 million refugees living in the United States”. War affects many aspects of our world, such as living spaces, food resources, and the economy. One way to fix the problem, living spaces, is to have refugees immigrate over to a safe country. Ha’s refugee experience is relatable to other refugee’s experiences because refugees flee because of war, they have a difficult time fitting in, and they share many of the same emotions.
Assurance in equal justice remains as an overwhelming political principle of American culture. Yet withstanding unbelief exists among numerous racial and ethnic minorities. Their doubt comes as no surprise, given a past filled with differential treatment in the arrangement of criminal equity, an issue particularly clear in police misconduct. Researchers have investigated police responses to racial and ethnic minorities for quite some time, offering sufficient confirmation of minority burden on account of police. These examinations raise doubt about different police techniques of coercive control, maybe none more so than police brutality. Its use exemplifies the pressures between police and minorities that exist in America today.
Although we hope our Police force will use their powers for good, but sometimes police misconduct can occur. Often, the police are under great pressure to act as quick as possible, espcially in a murder case and if the murder victime is white, a child, police officer, or prominent. For example, In the 1990’s the case of Rodney King, that not only shows a racist issue within the criminal justice system, but also the issue with abuse from police officers, but changed the country’s views on the LA police force. Twenty- Seven years ago,Rodney King was brutally beaten by Los Angeles police officers. King was intoxicated while driving and the police had caught him speeding, and initally he tried running away from the police, only to be followed by multiple police and a helicopter. The officers then proceeded to drag King out of his car and brutally beat him.This brutality was the first caught on tape by a bystander, the video had shown the officers tazing, kicking, and hitting Rodney with thier batons a little over 53 times. Witnesses had claimed that King was cooperative and never resisted the officers. The video had gone viral of the abuse and after the case being aquitted by an all white jury, the outcome of these actions resulted in what we know as the L.A riots. Another example of police brutality involving an African American, was a case that happened recently on August
Addressing police brutality must be done with empathy for and awareness of the plight of the African-American community. Historically speaking, there has not been a period wherein the African-American community was not inhibited by institutionalized barriers. American enslavement provided the foundation for later oppressive provisions that are especially prevalent within inner-city, predominantly Black communities, which, incidentally, many of the prominent instances of police brutality have taken place. Political regimes like the “war on drugs,” “school to prison pipeline,” and mass incarceration criminalize and dehumanize the African-American community, and thus affect the collective mindset of the population. I believe that an imperative first step that has not been taken is acknowledging the effects these may have on the Black community. In order to move forward, the African-American community must heal. As an activist and aspiring social worker, I
You would never guess that Birmingham, Alabama—the beautiful, vibrant, and culturally diverse city that we live in today—was once a city of brutality, hate, and discrimination. In 1963, the South was part of one of the largest movements in history—the Civil Rights Movement. Segregation between white and colored citizens was prevalent, from restaurants and amusement parks to restrooms and water fountains. After being inferior for years, the African American population decided that enough was enough. They soon began participating in nonviolent protests such as boycotting buses, leading sit-ins, marching, and picketing (Cozzens 1). Although the actions were nonviolent, the reactions to them sometimes were not.
The number of shootings involving law enforcement officers and unarmed African American men has increased in the United States in recent months to the point where there is social unrest in one particular community: the African-American community. Groups such as Black Lives Matter have been created in the recent past to create tranquility between the police and the people of the Unites States. If media accounts of these incidents are accurate and these recent trends are taken together, the country is on the tipping point of a deadly unprecedented racial divide.
One of the more charged debates at this time in Minnesota is the actions of Police officers. In the past couple of years, Minnesota police have made headlines in incidents such as the deaths of Jamar Clark, Philando Castile, and most recently, Justine Damond. This has created a distrust of the police force that shouldn’t be there and can be fixed. This past summer, I went on a mission trip to Detroit, where I was blown away by what I saw and heard. I learned about the past in Detroit, which is plagued by racism and police brutality, most notably in the riots of 1967. Today, Detroit is nothing like the past. Police brutality is nothing like it is in other cities. We learned that the police work to try to connect with the people they are protecting,
To understand the author, is to take a walk in his shoes. In the reading “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehesi Coates, he explains the experiences and traumas that have psychologically impacted him. Portrayal of racism in the United States influencing how our society function; institutional, systematic, explicit and implicit racism.
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). It demands an explanation as to why, people are so quick to press a trigger? Why is it so easy for some people to disregard human life with no to little remorse or the thoughts of no repercussions, if equality is