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.
Police brutality is most often affected by race. But if you stay updated with the news, African Americans seem to be the targets. African Americans make up thirteen percent of the world’s population (“Police Killed At Least 223 Black Americans In The Year After Colin Kaepernick’s
As police brutality against African Americans is increasing, it is very much reminding us of the civil rights movement. Black leaders risked their lives to ensure that all African Americans would live an equal life as white Americans. The racism and discrimination had been unapparent until recent events such as Donald Trump’s campaign being successful and the police brutality against African Americans. “Every 7 hours cops kill an American citizen”. Many times African Americans are targeted.
During the 20th century, African American starting leaving the south. They left behind the racial segregation, discrimination, and violence in search of greater economic opportunity. This was the forming of the “Great Migration” of 1.5 million African Americans that happened between 1910 and 1945. Also another 6.5 million moved north and west between 1945 and 1970. Since the 1960’s, many black urban immigrants have achieved success where as some have been left behind. It was known that if the first generation failed to find employment, skills, and upward mobility, the next generations to come most likely failed too. The residential racial segregation continues according to some statistics showing that the average white person lives in a neighborhood
However, research demonstrates that often times men of color are treated harshly which leads to negative perceptions of police officers. Police brutality is a crime that is has been surfacing in the news recently. Some people are just starting to realize that these injustices against the black community really occur, while others are well aware. The recent shootings, different run-ins with officers being filmed while doing such harmful actions against African American men is an example of police brutality and, that reminds us that as a society work needs to be done to improve police and community relations. A black male cannot even walk down the street on a cold night because he might be a suspect from something or he may be of danger to the people around.
Being enslaved was not an easy job for African Americans. African Americans survived slavery through their connection with their culture. They then went on to contribute to the economic and social development of the South and America. African Americans survived the institution of slavery and Africanized the American South. They helped free themselves by sticking together as a family, resisting, as well as wanting slavery to change. They freed themselves by 1865. They founded institutions, for example, black colleges, churches, banks, insurance companies, fraternities and sororities to uplift their race.
What is one of the main reasons people come to America? The United States of America is advertised as a place where everyone is equal with equal opportunities. Americans strive for equality, but it has not fully been reached. Today, some white Americans have more privileges than African Americans, and some African Americans have more privileges than other races. Things such as jobs, scholarships, colleges, and news media focus on the difference of races. These dividing factors put a bigger strain on the racism in America. The truth is that both African Americans and white Americans have their own advantages and disadvantages in today’s society. The strain between black and white people has been blown out of proportion in the recent years by the races and media.
The African Americans had a big impact on the Civil War. They had to have all of these laws and papers wrote because of the slavery deal. They had the role of the debate for slavery. They were the slaves and they wanted to have their freedom. The Declaration of Independence said that, “All men are created equal”, but the slaves were not free. They shaped the Civil War by having the Emancipation Proclamation, the fourteenth amendment, and the fifteenth amendment. The consequences would be that at first the newly freed slaves wouldn’t have a place to go, because they never had no money and they didn’t have all their rights yet.
More than 200,000 African Americans were deployed to France during WW1. Their service stirred black pride and raised the African American community 's political and social expectations, even though it did little to improve race relations in the U.S. More of the country 's racial demographics changed considerably as a result of the war. New jobs in manufacturing and other industries, combined with a shortage of cheap European labor, translated into opportunities for African Americans in New York, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Chicago and other northern side cities. Drawn by the potential for better pay and living conditions, approximately half a million southern black agricultures moved north from 1914 to 1920 in what is known as the Great Migration.
Why is African American History so important? Why is American History important? Those are two important questions we should ask ourselves whenever questions like that are asked in the classroom, in the different political aspects, and most importantly in our homes with our children whom are ever so thirsty for knowledge and eager to grow. In my opinion African American History should be included into American History and no difference should be made, but we as human beings have not gotten that far in our lively hood and have separated the two. As I can recall in school we were taught some African American History, but it was truly limited. Anything extra you wanted to know required you to seek additional research on. At a young age I always ask teachers why was it so much information on American History and not as much on African American History? We were given the response of that’s all that was put into the textbook. It was pretty hard to learn about
The history of the negative relationship with the African-American community and law enforcement can be traced back to the Jim Crow period. Jim Crow laws touched every aspect of social life, from African-Americans not being able to freely use public facilities, Negroes had to sit on the back of the bus and whites sat in the front, could not shake hands with a white male, to whites not entitled to use courtesy when referring to blacks. "Police were used to enforce discriminatory laws, they were entrusted to keep African Americans in their place, and were also known as slave patrols” (Ebooks.2014). In one example, "Negro criminals or suspects, or any Negro who show[ed] signs of insubordination should be punished, and that this is a device for preventing crime and for keeping the Negro in his place" (Skolkick, 2007). This segregation system separated our communities into two categories, blacks and whites.
In some of Americas society, the African Americans are viewing our police officers as terrible people or as racist. They see them playing favors towards the whites and just doing everything they can to target the blacks. They view at it from a child 's point of view. They are viewing it as the majority of people are out to get them. Police officers are going to arrest and do what they are compelled to do, regardless of color.
After all these high profile police shootings and many African Americans getting stopped everyday just because of the color of their skin, relationships between police and African American communities are not very good. Many protests have occurred in the US where African Americans have came
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. It is safe to say that the majority of Americans would agree that the Civil Rights Movement achieved many of its goals, most would also agree that racism and racial profiling
From Ferguson to Tulsa to Baton Rouge, there have been countless cases of police brutality towards African-American men, women, and children. Murderers never receiving their justice, given paid time off and being cleared of charges. Families living in fear, left torn apart at the hands of people who took an oath to serve and protect. We see people of all races standing together in protest of something we know to be wrong, advocating for much needed social change.