In a passage written by, Ryan Wilson, Kaepernick states that his reasoning for his protest is, “ I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”...”To me this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies on the street and people getting paid leave getting away with murder” Both of these quotes support both the corruption and racism. The fact that police, and other people are getting paid to keep the streets “clean and safe” by murdering groups of people that may...or may not be innocent, without listening or even trying to resolve the issue just because of skin color is a problem. It is more or a personal issue is you cannot do your job without being suspicious of every single person, simply because they are different than you. My second reasoning for this topic is that, even though so much attention is being drawn to Kaepernick, no one is seeing the real problem with all of this.
Today we live in a society where safety doesn 't come without a cost. We thought the Martin Luther King Jr speeches were over and the changes had been established, but needless to say we as a black society continues to live in fear ,vulnerability and scrutiny just because the of color of our skin and not the content of our character. Why must black boys and men feel apprehensive at the sight of the police? Why should mothers of black boys fear their child 's life could be exterminated anytime they walk out the front door,from those who should be there to protect them. Police Brutality ranges from assault and battery to mayhem, torture, and murder.
African Americans should not have to be scared to go outside any day thinking they might not make it home. African Americans feel targeted in today’s society because so many innocent African Americans are being incarcerated, shot, and killed. Since 2001, it is 6.1 times likelier to be incarcerated as a black man than a white man. This is all because of skin color. Black Lives Matter (BLM) was a group created to raise awareness for the heinous acts the have presented itself to the black community
From this letter you can see Tourgees clear use of the word “another” meaning that other Republican men were targeted and killed by the KKK all because they fought to have the South follow the same rules as the North. It was as though the KKK felt personally battered so they enjoyed doing to same to men that caused such emotions. Politics within the white community was not the only issue. As mentioned before African Americans did not get the political freedom that was actually granted to them not only because of their race and low standing but they were “ ‘unfitted for the proper exercise of political duties… blacks needed a period of probation and instruction’ “ (Document D). The idea of them being an unfit race who was in need of probation and instruction seemed to more closely relate to white Klansmen of the South.
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.
Police brutality is a big issue in this country. “Alex Landau, an African-American man, recalls how he was raised by his adoptive white parents to believe that skin color didn’t matter. But when he was pulled over by Denver police officers in 2009, he lost his belief in a colorblind world when he was nearly beaten to death.” ("I Was Almost Another Dead Black Male": Denver Teen Recalls Police Beating After 2009 Traffic Stop”) America is having a lot of trouble with today’s government. Many people agree that the government is unjust and is not as free as stated. Although American citizens get a lot of freedoms, politically our country is unfair.
Use of force incidents between law enforcement and minority communities has been a serious issue nationwide. Social media has portrayed police officers as enemies and has caused riots in several states. Police officers have a duty to protect and serve the citizens of Houston with utmost and respect and professionalism; however, there are incidents where our officers have resorted to deadly force to protect their lives and the lives of bystanders around them. The recent killing of an unarmed African-American has sparked tremendous anger in our local black community, and also caught the attention of social media nationwide. Information from our Criminal Intelligence Division indicate that there has not been any talks of possible violent riots
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.
Why doesn’t the average person take the Black Lives Matter movement seriously? Like many movements, the initial purpose of BLM has become perverted by an ignorant population of its followers; this group shouldn’t be a representative of the entire movement but sadly they tend to be the most well known. Generally, the crowds that gather to represent BLM are peaceful. However, these peaceful protests aren’t the ones that attract the most attention; it’s the violent ones. After 5 police officers were murdered in Dallas, a nearby 7/11 was looted.
But the possibly one of the most controversial songs in rap came from Ice-T’s album the “Body count.” The song is titled “Cop Killer,” the title alone should indicate the type of controversy this song sparked. The song like NWA’s “F the Police” was a song about protest against police brutality, but many didn’t see it that way. Some argued that the song would cause immense crime and violence against law enforcement and others. CLEAT a large group of law enforcement in Texas wanted to put a stop to Ice T’s song, so they had called for a boycott for all products Time warner just so they would remove the song and the albums from stores. Due to this the songs sales went up 370 percent it even got attention from then current president George H.W.