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
Russell resides in New York and decided to share some statistics with the audience to make show how much society is judged by their image. Russell states that in 2011, over 120,000 Black and Latino kids between fourteen and eighteen were stopped by the police. She explains how it is not a matter of if they are going to get stopped, it is a matter of how many times they are going to get stopped. She leaves us high and dry with the statistic, since it is so powerful. The statistic is shocking and a very powerful way to show that people are judged solely by their appearance.
Some would argue that the police are doing their job and using the skills they have learned. The ones they are using however, are over the top and resulting in injury or death of the people they are arresting. In a “study—which gathered data voluntarily reported to the FBI from 2011–2012, tracked by race (excluding Latinos)— found that 70 departments from Connecticut to California arrest Blacks at a rate 10 times more than people of other races” (Catalan, DiversityInc). In addition, they are using these harsh tactics on primarily African Americans, who most of the time are getting stopped for a traffic violation and end up being hurt or killed. In this case, many officers are abusing their powers, shooting people, and claiming it was an act of self
With their father as the defending lawyer, Scout and Jem are introduced to racism with an anomalous perspective. Most wealthy, white children growing up in the south in the 1930s gained a biased attitude toward African Americans, but Scout and Jem luckily avoid this prejudice. Racism is introduced as prevalent to Scout and Jem as they attempt to understand what is going on. Scout figures out that sometimes bigotry and emotion overpower a supposedly objective justice system. Although all evidence proved Tom Robinson to be not guilty, his color secured his sentencing and inevitable murder.
You wouldn’t go into a breast cancer place and say, ‘but ALL CANCER matters’ right? The Black Lives Matter movement is a movement that hopes to remove racial inequality in everyday life and in the criminal justice system through protests, and peaceful riots. It was in response to the acquittal of Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman. BLM hopes to eliminate the discrimination that is prevalent in today’s American society, that has been in existence since years to come(What We
Although this type of profiling is not always considered fair, law enforcement officers consider it necessary to identify possible criminal activity before it occurs and causes injury to others. (Encyclopedia 2) One of the most heated issues in law enforcement is the profiling of individuals based solely upon the race, ethnicity, or national origin of the individual. Statistics show that African Americans are several times more likely to be arrested and put in jail than white Americans. As of 2000, fewer African American men were in college than were in prison. Moreover, black children were nine times as likely as white children to have at least one parent in
At the point when law authorization officers target occupants in light of race, religion or national source as opposed to conduct, wrongdoing battling is less successful and group doubt of police develops. An investigation of the Los Angeles Police Department demonstrated that minority groups that had been unjustifiably focused in the past keep on experiencing more prominent doubt and dread of cops. To find this inadequate strategy that undermines open certainty, we require more grounded strategies against racial profiling at all levels — from nearby to government — and also more compelling preparing and oversight of cops, and frameworks of responsibility. Twenty states have no laws forbidding racial profiling by law implementation, as indicated by a NAACP report discharged in September. Among states that do, the strategies shift generally in execution and adequacy.
About 1 in 3 black males are likely to go to jail,while 1 in 17 white men are likely to go to jail. Blacks and hispanics make up 58% of all prisons in 2008. It is estimated that if blacks and hispanic people are arrested at the same rates as whites,the jail population would decline approximately 50%. This wouldn’t be possible because there are laws enacted to keep prison cells filled, in order for certain people to continue making a profit from these prisons. These laws are similar to the ones in the time of jim crow, are used as a method to keep blacks down just like slavery.They stop people’s right to vote,the right to serve on juries, the right to be free from racial discrimination in emploment,housing and acces to public benefits.Systems
The song contains the famous, “...In the land of the free and the home of the brave.” But are you truly free if you are being unfairly targeted because of your skin color? And are police officers being brave when they shoot unarmed human beings? A study by the University of California found that unarmed blacks who were stopped by police were 3.49 times more likely to be killed by police than whites who were unarmed and stopped by police. An investigation by federal and state judges into the San Francisco Police Department’s practices found that, “although Black people accounted for less than 15 percent of all stops in 2015, they accounted for over 42 percent of all non-consent searches following stops.” The same study also found the Blacks and Hispanics in this region had the lowest “hit rates,” or finding illegal contraband on the subjects, as white people who were stopped were two times more likely to be found carrying contraband. A Stanford study done in Oakland in 2015 showed that of all people handcuffed but not arrested in a 13 month period, 2890 of them were African American, and only 193 whites were cuffed.
In the juvenile system, black children are up to 18 times as likely to be sentenced as adults than white children, and African American youth that is accused of felonies are inclined to be viewed as more at fault for their crimes than are white youth. Research that was constructed by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency and the Center for Children’s Law and Policy suggested that minority youth are presented with harsher treatment than their white peers through almost every stage of the juvenile justice process. The process is already the punishment, but being a minority can make it worse. Minority juveniles are sentenced for longer periods and are less likely to receive alternative sentences or probation compared to white juveniles (Armour & Hammond, 2009,
Nationally, guns are used in 68% of homicides, which helps explain why America experiences more gun homicides than any other modern nation in the world (Hirsh 86). If America wants to make a real change, then its legislators and constituents must have the will to improve its current gun control laws. By recognizing the lack of any meaningful laws, society can start focusing on the failures of the political system. Currently, there are twenty-two thousand gun control laws in place (Hirsh 86). Due to the large number and minimal impact on America, it appears that these laws are ineffective and in need of a restructuring focused on the gun retailer.
At the turn of the 21st century the majority that entered the prison system were African Americans and Latinos. (Michelle Alexander, 2010) The reason behind mass incarceration was due to the crack down on the deteriorating communities where the majority of minorities lived. Authors Scott Ehlers, Vincent Schiraldi and Jason Ziedenberg of Still Striking Out: Ten Years of California’s Three Strikes (2004) report that African Americans in prison because of the three strike law is higher per every 100,000 African American than Whites and Latinos in California. (U.S. Census Bureau
According to New York City Police Department, “NY police 80% stops were of blacks and Latinos, when whites were stopped, only 8%” (Quigley). Blacks and Latinos aren’t treating equally in NY City. Also, in California, American Civil Liberties Union found blacks are three times more likely to be stopped than whites. This shows institutional discrimination, mainly against Blacks, Latinos and they treated based on their race