Since Walker’s wife comes from the suburbs, Walker denotes that her situation with racism in her community as “benign,” where people tend to be passive about racism because they do not see the true danger of racism as depicted in the ghetto. In contrast, Walker grew up in a different community and praises Frederick Douglass as his respected idle. Walker oftenly recites Frederick Douglass’ famous line: “You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man”(196), which shows how both Walker and Douglass are a man of action, where both men want to free themselves from feeling tied down to their race. Basically, the first part of Douglass’ quote relates to the title, “How to Make a Slave” because both shows a continuation of oppression in black lives, but the second part of the quote explains how when people are oppressed, regardless of race, class, gender, or age, it is in their nature to
I researched a little more in depth about how people are stopped solely based on their image, more so their race. American Civil Liberties Union has an entire article on this subject. The article is titled Racial Profiling and addresses how certain races are stopped by police just based by their race. The article is very powerful and examines how racial profiling can be hazardous to your health because it can lead to death. The article states, “ Many racial profiling victims walk away with traffic tickets, but too often for others the outcome of racial profiling is death” (Racial Profiling and Liberties Union).
What is police brutality? According to S. Danilina, police brutality is the use of excessive and/or unnecessary force by police when dealing with civilians. (1) In a recent case that took place in Louisiana, Alton Sterling was a 37 year old black male, who was shot and killed outside of a convenient store by two officers. A nearby bystander took a video footage and it shows the officers in action apprehending Sterling, you can hear Sterling being tased twice while the officers yell “get to the ground, get to the ground”.
In recent news reports, numerous cases of police brutality resulting in the death of unarmed citizens frequently occur. The cases describe similar incidents in which authorities racially profile citizens and proceeds to approach the citizen in an unlawful manner. An altercation escalates between the two when the citizen attempts to resist the police’s unlawful arrest. Police use excessive force against the citizen to make the citizen abide by their commands. Use of excessive force leads to the death of the citizen.
Racial profiling can cause multiple problems. Several law enforcement agencies have gone through expensive litigation over civil rights concerns. Police-citizen relations in those communities have been strained, making policing all the more challenging. Most importantly, racial profiling is unlikely to be an effective policing strategy as criminals can simply shift their activities outside the profile (e.g., if racial profiling begins with police stopping black males in their teens and twenties. The "cumulative impact of racial discrimination accounts for the special, way that blacks have of looking at and evaluating" their experiences in public encounters (Feagin, 1991:115).
People want to segregate and gather in streets, and protest with violence and express their hatred by breaking laws in the streets. It makes me sick and upset that it leads to death of people over a case that could have been handled more appropriately by the officers and the individual that was shot to death. In this month after the killing of another black male the last few days, this country witnessed the recorded murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile at the hands of police, the latest victims in this country’s failed policing system. "The Black Lives Matter Network advocates for Dignity, Justice, and Respect. http://blacklivesmatter.com/ " Black Lives Matter is a unique contribution that goes beyond extrajudicial killings of Black people by police and vigilantes.
“No justice, no peace! No justice, no peace!” In cities throughout the United States, this chant can be heard from the voices of people of color and their white allies. Recently, in many cities such as Ferguson, Baltimore, and Cleveland, people of color have been killed by the police for seemingly insignificant transgressions. This trend of potentially race-based killings has ignited a movement focused on educating America about its race problem.
Michelle Alexander, similarly, points out the same truth that African American men are targeted substantially by the criminal justice system due to the long history leading to racial bias and mass incarceration within her text “The New Jim Crow”. Both Martin Luther King Jr.’s and Michelle Alexander’s text exhibit the brutality and social injustice that the African American community experiences, which ultimately expedites the mass incarceration of African American men, reflecting the current flawed prison system in the U.S. The American prison system is flawed in numerous ways as both King and Alexander points out. A significant flaw that was identified is the injustice of specifically targeting African American men for crimes due to the racial stereotypes formed as a result of racial formation. Racial formation is the accumulation of racial identities and categories that are formed, reconstructed, and abrogated throughout history.
There’s a lot going on about the world and how cops use excessive force when it comes to taking down the bad guy. This topic focuses on the black lives matter movement because they are letting cops get away with murder because the color of their skin and they wear a blue uniform with a badge. In many cases such as Michael Brown, Christian Thomas, and the little African American who the cop threw out the chair in SC. where the authority use excessive force to make their position clear in the society, but they do it too extreme and not needed. While sometime the amount of force is needed to withstand the victim , police abuse their authority in many cases because they can and is not needed but racial bias is playing a part.
Under recent events, police are being called out for racial brutality. After the killings of black people by police officers, some people are calling it an injustice and that it was race related. Today police are under high amounts of pressure are trying to do the best job that they can. Police, for the most part do not racially discriminate.
Two well known real life cases where this have been an issue is in the case of Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin. These two young African American young teens were killed after the shooting of white police officers, which raised an issue of police brutality. An we need to end police brutality in order to create a safe environment for everyone regardless of race or who
Dick Rowland (African American) was being tried for attack and attempted rape of a white woman named Sarah page. On the day of May 31, of 1921, Ms. Page opened the elevator and Mr. Rowland went to enter the elevator. He tripped because the elevator did not stop moving the way it should have, and so he grabbed what there was so he did not fall; and that happened to be Ms. Page’s arm. She let out a sharp scream and a clerk from not too far away Saw Mr. Rowland run out of the building and Later he was tried and as some white believe he did try to rape her as on the other hand African Americans did not believe in what was said what so ever.
This paper focuses on why police brutality is a major issue in our society today, as it affects African Americans. Throughout this paper, police brutality as it is directed toward African Americans will be thoroughly explained and the main factors associated with it. It will also show the relationship that links police brutality and African Americans. The portion of my paper entitled “Reaction” will then discuss how the narrative has raised my insights in regard to my own comfort zone, triggers and learning edge as defined by Miller and Garran.