An American Baptist Minister, Al Sharpton once said, “Many in our community have to live in fear of both the cops and the robbers. What concrete steps would you take to end police brutality and racial profiling.” Racial profiling by police has been an ongoing problem for many years and is still continuing. This is a problem because innocent African Americans are dying everyday from it. Police are still showing racial inequality.
Since beginning to learn about black history, I have heard many stories of how racism has been used by white people to make it acceptable to mistreat blacks and other races of people. Even after slavery ended and blacks were set free, whites refused to accept them as equals. We all know about how racism led to many innocent
Prominent community members frequently encouraged and even participated in lynch mobs,” the resentment of African Americans were .The lynching mobs would cut off body parts of the victim’s body, the dismembered parts would either be kept or sold as souvenirs. During this time, many black men were accused of raping white females, so as punishment they would be lynched. The lynching of the black rapist would be considered a civil action. The lynching of black bodies has left many African Americans mental scarred since they have to fear for the lives of their families and themselves.
Malcolm X was a man with great controversy. Many thought he was a powerful speaker with great ability to influence others. Others believed this was a tremendous threat to the Nation of Islam and individuals who disagreed with his philosophy. Malcolm X was killed by two black gunmen from the Nation of Islam just before giving a speech at Audubon. Despite many people’s concerns that Malcolm X was dangerous, the assassination of Malcolm X was unjust because of the work he did to achieve civil rights for African Americans and was a result of a power struggle within the Nation of Islam.
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
The reason why he is accused of rape and considered guilty is because he is an African-American and that instantly labels him as a criminal or a murderer. The people in Maycomb also labels Atticus Finch as a threat to Maycomb town and they call him a “nigger-lover” just because he is defending Tom Robinson and for being his lawyer on the court. Judging people by just seeing them for the first time without knowing the person is just not the right way to criticize a person. It could also be referred to rating a book by judging its cover without reading the inside of a book. But judging a person by its race is the main reason why in the past we had these racist issues.
Music, like most forms of art, often shares subjective views with its listeners. An individual favourite song may be the next person's most hated song. Although different factors come into play when determining if music is good or not, there is no concrete definition of ‘good music’. Society continues to label certain songs originating from genres such as hip-hop, blaming the music for violent acts committed within society. In 1994, a 17-year-old shot a cop in Milwaukee, telling police that he was inspired by a Tupac Shakur song to kill the officer (Thurtle, 10 Attempts To Blame Murder On Music).
Life is like outer space, unknown and always changing. In the story To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee writes about the segregation, hate, and prejudice in a town called Maycomb. Tom Robinson, a black man, is accused of rape and doesn’t know what to expect. His attorney, Atticus Finch, an experienced, knowledgeable, and kind man, does his absolute best to defend him. However, the jury consists of all white males, most being racist and narrow-minded about the situation.
Reverberating the speeches of Martin Luther King Jr. of the Civil Rights movement, Black Lives Matter calls for further equity, attempting to deconstruct institutional racism in America. The revival of movements for black empowerment has brought back a civil unrest to the public that needs answers. The presence of racism never left America, it hid in the shadows and stayed silent for decades. For these reasons, in order to fully stop racism in America, the public must be ready to awaken itself to a reality of negligence. Silence allowed ignorance, but with the rise of social media and technology, America at large can no longer keep its eyes closed and must confront the issue at
The next day on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. died. His assassination instigated hundreds of riots in the United States, and many people mourned for the death of the man who gave them a dream (Blinder, 2017). Martin Luther King Jr. left his legacy in American society through the fight against prejudice, the pursuit of justice, and the use of nonviolent resistance. Dr. King influenced many movements and protests aimed to eradicate injustice that are occurring today in our society. One of today’s movements, Black Lives Matter, seeks to eliminate racism, racial inequality, and police brutality towards African Americans.
When the Baltimore riots took place everyone around the world not just in Maryland started pointing fingers towards the black people. However, it was just the African race getting blamed when multiple races were involved in the riots. The riots took place because of innocent black people were being killed for example Freddy Gray was killed in the back of a patty wagon. Mr. Gray was put into the vehicle alive and well but when they went to take him out he was unresponsive. Alton Sterling would be another perfect example of police brutality against the African race.
Mike brown was also a African American male who was targeted by police, during his arrest police used unnecessary force to hold brown down. He said repentantly that he couldn’t breath and police disregarded what he was saying, this lead to mike browns death, when tried the police faced no penalty for their actions, this had a major impact on social media and lead to the hash tag “I can breath” people on social media used this expression in remembrance of mike brown, these 3 words go more in debt in the issue with police brutality. Mike brown became a huge impact on the issue of police brutality in social media. I only gave a couple example but there are unfortunately plenty more, the racial profiling and targeting of African Americans by police didn’t stop there. The African community felt like something bigger had to be done and this has started the on going black lives matter movement, a activist movement created by Alicia Garaz, Patrisse Cullors and Opal Tomiete.
Another form of discrimination is police brutality to black minorities. Black minorities in the United states of america are beaten, violated and murdered by officers of the law that sword to protect and serve them. Police brutality is an issue that needs to be stopped. One example of police brutality was the incident regarding Michael Brown. Michael Brown was a 18 year old African American that was fatally shot by a white officer by the name of Darren Wilson.
But even though so many view police as just liars and racist pigs, When asked. “Would you approve of your child participating in the law career?” Many said Yes 59-12%, despite how ironic this is. Many parents think that their child would make a difference in the system. But if you think about this the racist image of the police is strongly influenced by politics.
Police Brutality in America and the 1990s The legal system in the United States has been broken since it’s inception, disproportionately attacking, and punishing anyone who is not white. As the country grew, improving, growing prosperous, the broken system continued its work. One result of this broken system is police brutality, and overstepping of police power. In fact, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center survey, of the black people questioned, 70% said they felt they were unfairly treated when dealing with police.