Recently police were accused of killing african americans for no reason. People are mistaking these killings for racism. There was many protests about the deaths of these people. Some of these protests were people laying down in the middle of the road saying “black lives matter” while causing traffic. Furthermore the muslims are also looked at in a racist way because of terrorism.
Racial bias in media affects everyone, whether it be directly or indirectly. Getting your information biased can bias your opinion, too. Even The Society Pages, who did a study on this, found that,”Biased reporting, in other words, changes the minds of viewers, literally” (Wade). If an average white person, who has little opinion about the colored race, sees a news report saying that four black men were arrested in a burglary investigation he probably would think much of it. If the pictures of those men were their mugshots after they had been dragged out of their homes, maybe even in the middle of the night, making them look menacing the white man might’ve thought that they were awful men.
The rise of lynching caused by White Americans spread fear through African Americans and of those, the ones who started the fight to end the racial targeting and fear. Lynching does not always mean a noose and gallow it can range from various methods of torture to executions such as burning at the stake, these methods were what made lynching such an effective tool to spread fear. “The classic public lynchings for which the South became so notorious always involved torture and mutilation and ended in death for the victim, either by
In recent years, there has been racial profiling and police brutality that has become a national conflict between individuals throughout the world. It is no big secret that racism still exists in our world today, but especially in the workforce. When you hold higher power than others, some will abuse their power. I think it is disgraceful that our black community is scared of individuals that are supposed to protect and serve us. But we must ask ourselves, are the white law enforcement officers afraid of us?
isn’t the only thing people believe needs to change; the reasons for arrests have been criticized by many. America incarcerates more citizens for drug related crimes than any other place in the world. Of the roughly 200,000 in federal prison, 52% are being held for drug crimes and only 8% are for violent crimes, such as: murder, assault, and robbery (Waldman, 2013). Many believe that the “War on Drugs” must become less aggressive because of its large contribution to the prison population. The distribution of prisoners by race has also raised concern among Americans.
Martin Luther King jr. lead the people in the fight for civil rights. He believed in integration of all races and wanted equality for him and his people. He wanted the right to vote for all blacks because he knew that that right would give the people a voice in a country they could call their own. One of King’s most memorable and impactful boycotts was the one that took place after Rosa Parks’ decision to stay seated at the front of a city bus. This boycott was known as the Montgomery bus boycott and it was protesting the racial segregation of public transportation.
The presence of this hidden practice of the police is also prevalent in African American communities and has shaped African Americans’ perception of the police. One quote that explains the temperament of African Americans towards the police is, “One of the most reliable findings in research on attitudes toward police is that citizen distrust is more widespread among African-Americans than whites” (Brunson 2007:73). “African Americans have had to deal with aggressive policing associated with racial profiling and other direct experiences with racial discrimination that lead to lasting adverse effects on individual perceptions of the police. For example, in predominantly black neighborhoods they are always pat down for drugs no matter where they go” (Brunson 2007:76). “If they see us every five
One thing the media has contributed greatly to is the misconceptions of race within crime statistics. The civil rights battles ongoing mentioned previously includes a movement appropriately named “black lives matter” through various social media hashtags. The movement began shortly after many incidents of white citizens or police officers shot and killed black citizens, many children, with no repercussions of their murderous actions. It was many media outlets that began to be under scrutiny when they portrayed the victims in a harsh unforgiving way in the light of the fact they were black. It is widely known that news articles often give white subjects a graduation photo or otherwise well intentioned photo, while black subjects are treated
In the present debate over how black unarmed people have been treated by police officers has gone to a whole new set of direction. As a result of many mistreatments police officers have been involved in has changed society and victims families for the better. And it has been very impressive how many people have been involved in effective protests in order to take action and let people know that this has got to stop and it just cant happen anymore. I chose to do my topic on police brutality and it is sociologically significant because it was relevant that nowadays in United States of America that were a lot of tension between police departments and unarmed black men, and how police officers take
When we say that Black Lives matter, it doesn’t mean that black people lives are more important than other people’s lives. Black lives matter just as much as other lives, but black lives are more in danger when it comes to police interaction. During this year and previous years, there has been numerous incidents of police assaulting or killing black men, women, and even teenagers. Some people say that “All Lives Matter”, which is true because life is a precious thing. But when it comes to interacting with police officers, “Black Lives Matter”, black lives are in danger during interaction with the police because society treats black people different from other races.
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.
Racial profiling and the Iron Triangle - how are these two extremely different matters actually a part of a cause and effect relationship with each other? Although the connection is hard to see, the Iron Triangle could “move mountains” for those who face racial profiling regularly. The Iron Triangle can be described as the term used to describe the dynamics of policy-making between Congress, special interest groups, and governmental agencies (Iron Triangle Examples, n.d.). Therefore, couldn’t there be policies passed to prevent these types of encounters where younger black gentlemen are targeted for stealing, or Arabic women are seen as suspicious on an airplane? The Iron Triangle, and those involved in it, can better help protect minorities from profiling by observing cases involving the issues, involving popular people to provoke better involvement, and by producing policies to prevent racial profiling as a whole.