Black men are overrepresented in prisons because of the unfortunately common stereotype that they are all remorseless criminals. This stereotype makes it easier for those in the justice system to see all black men as people who need to be locked up. Racism (whether conscious or subconscious) makes jurors especially willing to put minorities behind bars by overpowering their doubt and blinding them to the
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
However, what those who oppose Black Lives Matter fail to recognize is that the movement was created to elevate the status of the black community in society, not bring down everyone else that is not black. 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.
Black Lives Matter is attempting to say, everyone matters, however specific races are not treated as equal in society and law systems. It has been proven that African Americans in America have been treated with deadly force by law enforcers more regularly than White people (Schatz). All Lives Matter is ignoring this racial divide and trying to cover it up by making a blanket statement. Society must acknowledge the true message behind Black Lives Matter before antagonistic action can be ethically taken. Black Lives Matter is often misinterpreted by the people who oppose it.
To me, racism still exists because the people I’m around say racist things.Social; media is filled with racism, for me, racism can’t be eliminated because they tried once it didn’t work.Black Lives Matter might be rooted in the killing of black bodies at the hands of police.Or, it might be rooted in the lack of safety that black people feel in a polity that regards them.100 years ago somebody pointed this problem out.In this way, the 21st century is not much different from those previous.Black Lives Matter is an activist movement, that started on July 13, 2013.The community is against violence and systemic racism toward black people.On July 15, 2013, George Zimmerman a neighborhood watch captain who shot Trayvon Martin a teen just walking around
There is no longer the manifestation of white superiority over other races in visible segregation in public places; thus, people are often unaware of the racism present in the 21st century. However, being unconscious of a problem does not make this problem disappear. As racial inequalities were changing through time, ways in which racism manifests itself nowadays are different. It used to be overt but now people have to deal with its covert version. Despite of the civil rights movement and years of initiatives to change disparaging views on racial minorities, including affirmative action, racism is still present in all spheres of life and has a negative impact on African Americans, especially their mental and physical health.
But what people call racism has always occurred even in recent days. In addition, racism today is becoming too complicated to solve, compared to that of the past. During the Civil Rights movement, what racist did was easy enough to distinguish. For example, black people were not allowed to enter certain restaurants only because they are black people. But today, police officers can justify their killing as proper law enforcements.
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.
This landmark of a case stood as a breaking point for social reform; motivation to stop the discrimination that ran throughout the country. No person, black, white, yellow or purple, should be denied the right to own his life in his own hands. The North fought long and hard, and eventually, brought the South down to their knees. This would be the start of reform, for the ones victimized in their lives. However, social reform doesn’t happen overnight.
Individual racism: When the racism precede from one individual their culture and their comments. Individual Racism is connected to from broader socio-economic histories and processes and is supported by systemic racism. Because we live in such a culture of individualism (and with the privilege of freedom of speech), some people argue that their statements/ideas are not racist because they are just "personal opinion." 2. Institutional racism: When established laws, customs, larger organizations or group puts regulations in place that put people down.
Maxine Waters, a member of congress, is convinced the system is racist, saying that “The color of your skin dictates whether you will be arrested or not, prosecuted harshly or less harshly, or receive a stiff sentence or gain probation or entry into treatment.” (Discover the Networks). “African-Americans comprise only 13% of the U.S. population and 14% of the monthly drug users, but are 37% of the people arrested for drug-related offenses in America.” (Huffington Post). If we trained our officers more thoroughly about how important it is to avoid discrimination we could avoid any accusations of unfairness and work to completely remove racism from the criminal justice
Blacks are the number one race that is being killed by police officers; the numbers of the killings are drastically high. Although policemen have very difficult jobs, they were the ones that agreed to take on the responsibility, this comes with sticking to the laws; they must not allow personal beliefs to get in the way of the law. However, many police officers let their personal beliefs (some being of racism) get the best of them, this has become a problem, ACLU stated that, “Although some police officials are still in denial, we have presented strong and compelling evidence, of both an anecdotal and statistical nature, that racial profiling on our nation 's roads and highways is indeed a nationwide problem” (Harris).
Michele Alexander has stated that the marginalization, stigmatization, and the discrimination of people of color who constitutes to the new racial caste is not due to them being black, but rather it is the impact of falling into a “non-racialized “ criminal justice system at the epicenter of what is known is mass incarceration. The mass incarceration of the minorities and more so those involved in non-violent drug offenses and the disproportionate application of capital punishments for those killing whites and other disparities in sentencing all point to a legal system that still treat the minorities more harshly when compared to the whites. At one time, Stevenson went to prison, and he was forced to go back to his car to show that he was indeed an attorney. The correction department officers wanted to strip search him and wanted him to sign a book that he was visiting the prison. Contrastingly, attorneys are not supposed to sign the book.
Since 1930, 90 percent of individuals executed for rape have been African Americans. This issue has faced multiple controversies due to the belief of “complete confidence” of the criminal justice system (Harmon, 2004). Wrongful convictions have historically occurred due to the races of the defendant versus the race of the victim. This is an in issue because these cases impair the integrity and reliability of the court system (Harmon, 2004). Wrong convictions are not as uncommon as believed by the public.
To begin, much of the Latino population in the United States are either in jail or living in unsafe neighborhoods. With the stereotypes given to minorities by those in an American society; minorities are likelier to be looked at suspiciously. Minorities are labeled, and in the case of Latinos they are often stopped and frisked unfairly. Police who feel the need to stop a hispanic person in their own neighborhood just help enforce these stereotypes. With this said, it is no question as to why: white Latino men are much more likely than White men, but only half as likely as Black men, to serve time in prison.