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.
When we hear stories of African-Americans who lost a promotion or a job offer because of their race, subconsciously we presume this could never happen to us; that if we were in their shoes things would be different. This thinking, however, is not necessarily correct. When we come to understand the pitfalls of racial bias, and learn to overcome that tendency in ourselves, we will slowly bring our nation closer to where we can coexist without fear of malicious intent. I suggest we make a stronger effort to tackle the issue of racism, and work to eliminate an unconscious bias from our personalities. All of these things considered, they will do no good without implementation.
While Trayvon’s death was a tragedy, it was also an example of violent racism in the United States. Racial discrimination affects the way Americans think about race violence and relations, and should be eradicated as soon as possible. Besides Trayvon Martin’s death, there have been several occurrences of race violence in America. One such event was the death of Michael Brown Jr. at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson.
We can’t escape the systems that we’ve set up in colleges, universities, private and public sectors as it relates to jobs, economics. These systems are the root causes for privilege and entitlement. It isn’t about whether or not a race has failed or that specific individual have succeeded but rather that system been fashioned that requires those that are disenfranchised to seek recourse from laws and the courts. It’s hard for people to accept that they are racist or that a system is holding others back despite the appearance of
My personal literacy story might be considered as a short story. My literacy story stated very young with my mother and father reading me stories before I could read; some stories that were told to me were bible stories, Junie B Jones, Magic Tree house, and of course superhero comics.
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.
Racism has been integrated in justice system at local, state, and federal levels. All Americans need to face and accept it’s racist and violent past and present, and then address the racist and violent issues of today. I encourage everyone, no matter of race, to read this
My Literacy Narrative I was never truly an avid reader when I was younger. I was the oldest of five siblings and left in charge of taking care of my younger brothers and sister. I was more prone to spending time outside than reading a book. Of course, I did find myself enjoying a good mystery novel, but playing ball would always trump even a good book.
The media got peoples attention and made more African Americans around the US angry at the jury decision of Brown vs. Fergusson. The black people took the bait, went on rants, and started the “black lives matter” campaign. This could offend some white people who feel as if the African Americans are trying to make their lives matter more. The truth is that all lives matter. If the roles had been reversed, a black cop shot a white male, the white Americans would have not rioted or started a new campaign about how there lives matter too.
The initial reaction of the general public, especially the African-American community, was filled with rage and disbelief that such horrific acts of brutality and discrimination could take place. Moreover, the white community not only felt anger but also guilt, many of them were ashamed of the officer's discriminatory acts, and the abuse of their power. The strong belief was that if it were a white man who was in King's position, the situation would have most likely developed very differently. A survey was conducted shortly after the recording of the beating had been playing on television for multiple days.
It became clear that tragedy was not unique to my family. There are thousands of other Black American families that deal with the pain of having a loved one in our criminal justice system, mostly for nonviolent crimes. From this academic pursuit, I developed a lens of consciousness that allows me to see the manifestations of racism in our legal
Justice Department announces that no federal civil rights charges will be brought against George Zimmerman, who fatally shot Trayvon Martin in February 2012”. Equally important, one contributing factor that has become evident is race. A big factor in the Trayvon Martin case was claimed to be racism; a diversity of people claimed Zimmerman as racist; I strongly feel if Trayvon Martin was white the situation, and results would have been different. In addition, the most notable racial profiling occurs mostly towards African Americans, specifically young black males. In other words, Justice is not being served for people of color, such a tragedy, African Americans have developed their own powerful movement of national protests and distributed all over social media hashtags such as
One example that will remain prevalent for years to come is the killing of Trayvon Martin, a seventeen-year-old African American male. On February 26, 2012, Trayvon Martin wearing a black hoodie walked back from a convenience store through a predominately white neighborhood in Sanford, Florida was gunned down by George Zimmerman; a neighborhood watch volunteer because he looked suspicious (Dahl). Unfortunately, due to Florida’s “Stand your Ground Law,’’ Mr. Zimmerman was able to portray himself as the victim and used deadly force as self-defense. After one year of investigations and interrogations, George Zimmerman was found not guilty. This was a huge concern not just for African Americans, but people of other minority
Racial inequality has plagued our society for centuries and has been described as a “black eye” on American history. It wasn’t until the passing of The Civil Rights Act of 1965 that minorities were given equal protection under the law. This was a crucial step on our society’s road to reconciling this injustice. However, the effects of past racial inequality are still visible to this day, and our society still wrestles with how to solve this issue. In 1965, President Lyndon B Johnson said: “You do not take a person who, for years, has been hobbled by chains and liberate him, bring him up to the starting line of a race and then say you are free to compete with all the others, and still just believe that you have been completely fair.