Racial Tension in Michael Brown 's case On August 9, 2014, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot by Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting caused protests and has drawn the world’s attention because Michael Brown was an unarmed black man while Darren Wilson is a white police officer. People believe Michael Brown’s shooting involves a racial tension between blacks and whites since Brown was unarmed and surrendered. In Ferguson, the majority of people are African Americans, and the majority of police officers are white. On the night of the shooting incident, Brown was walking home and confronted by Wilson because Wilson thought Brown was suspicious.
America has changed and fixed many problems over the years involving discrimination and segregation. “By 1900, new laws and old customs in the North and the South had created a segregated society that condemned Americans of color to second-class citizenship.”, (American History). In the past, our country did not accept African Americans for who they were and treated them with violence. Today, all of
Racial tensions between African Americans and Koreans had always been present especially after the incident with Latasha Harlins. When Latasha Harlins entered into Soon Ja Du’s store she was accused of stealing orange juice. “A year prior to the Los Angeles riots, storekeeper Soon Ja Du physically confronted black ninth-grader Latasha Harlins by grabbing her sweater and backpack over whether the 15-year-old had been trying to steal a bottle of orange juice from Empire Liquor, the store Du's family owned in Compton. After Latasha hit Du, Du shot Latasha in the back of the head, killing her. (Security tape showed the girl, already dead, was still clutching $2 in her hand when investigators arrived.)
They did not choose to kill people, most were forced, drugged, and tortured into doing it. Even though there are people that believe child soldiers should be forgiven, others think different. These child soldiers had knew exactly what they were doing, but not even question the idea. There are many child soldiers that have gone through horrible things, but should not be forgiven. First, child soldiers are the cause of the deaths of innocent human beings.
Mothers of young black teens have to remind their kids how to respond to law enforcement so that they won’t end up another statistic. Is this what America has come to? According to a Guardian study, African American males between the age 15 and 34 consists of more than 15% of deaths caused by the deadly force of police. (“Young black men killed by US police at highest rate in year of 1,134 deaths” 2017). On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African American, was shot and killed by George Zimmerman.
How would you feel if your child waa killed while playing in the park with a toy gun ? November 23, 2014 Tamir Rice another young African American male was killed by the police just like all the others killed by the police. In this case there are many ways to show that the case was unjustified. In the case there is a video on youtube and the internet named " Tamir Rice 's Shooting " showing that the policemen shooting Tamir and handcuffing his sister so she couldn 't get to him. Also shows the police officer ignorimg proper procedure and showing them pull up recklessly and shooting Tamir.
Alton Sterling would be another perfect example of police brutality against the African race. Mr. Sterling was selling cds outside of a store and a homeless man approached him asking him for money he showed his REGISTRATED gun and said leave me alone. The police arrived and took Mr. Sterling to the ground and had him restrained when they said he reached for his gun then the police office shot him in the chest. I feel as if everyone was to come together as a community in the places they live then we could stop this issue sooner than later. This situation is sad and heart breaking and sad to many families because their loves ones and friends are being killed by the police force for no reason at all.
The most devastating effect of mistaken identity of airsoft guns is when children are using them. In November of 2014 a twelve year old boy, Tamir Rice, was shot dead by police when he reached for an all black airsoft gun. The police officer was only 10 feet away and feared for his life after the young boy reached for his fake gun. Sadly, the person who called the officers even told the 911 operator that the gun Tamir was waving around was probably fake(NBC News). If a bright orange tip had been on this airsoft gun then perhaps Tamir Rice would still be alive
Because media is full of racist propaganda, racism is a relevant problem in today’s society. Media does not represent race in a proper way; it is based on opinions, it negatively influences our society in regards to the outlook on race, and it groups races into unfair categories. Until the media discontinues the inaccurate portrayal of race, society will continue to have an uninformed view of race that ultimately leads to racism. ‘What we know- what we have seen- is that America can change…what we have already achieved, gives us hope.. for what we can and must achieve tomorrow” (Obama). It is true that society has come a long way in regards to racism, but it has not yet come far enough.
Racism may be steered towards a certain race now in America, but it makes an impact on people all over the country. The topic of social inequality is important to bring awareness to as it not only affects teens in modern America, but changes society’s views of tolerance and acceptance, and impacts how author’s influence readers about the topic. Racism is once again a popular topic in this country and is getting worse than it was before. Racism has turned into killing of black man and police officers. This is resulting in violent protesting.