Police brutality has become a very controversial topic in the United States over the past few years. The book All American Boys written by Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds, tells the perspectives of two high school boys from Springfield and how police brutality has impacted their lives. Rashad is a black male who loves to draw, he is also in ROTC but only does it to make his father happy. Rashad lives in a traditional nuclear family with his mother, father, and older brother Spoony. His best friends are English, Shannon, and Carlos.
Content analysis of news articles, video’s, surveys, and interviews with the Chief of Police in Sherwood, North Little Rock, and Sheriff of Pulaski County is the methodology used in this research. I have read many articles online so far about police shootings on African Americans. My frame of study for my research is going to be the past 10 years. All of the articles that are used for my research analysis that the local police departments are racist and the shootings of African American males are race related. There will be roughly 200 articles that will be used for this study.
Throughout the reading, the author makes a conscious decision to make an initial distinction between the two prevailing racial ideological points of views in America; racial optimist and racial pesoptimist. The basis of the author’s argument is to use his term of “blind-racism” as a mechanism in which affluent whites have used to protect their own racial interest without risking being labeled as racist. The argument the author creates can be described as explicit because he provides a sufficient amount information to support each of his positions. For instance, Silva effectively uses statistical data to demonstrate how blacks and dark-skinned latinos are more likely to be subjected to racial profiling by police officers when compared their
Race has always been a problem in America and other countries. But developments such as Critical Race Theory (CRT) has helped challenge race and racial power and its representation in American society. Articles such as Critical Race Theory: An Introduction by Richard Delgado and Jean Stefancic; White Privilege, Color, and Crime: A Personal Account by Peggy McIntosh have helped CRT develop further. Along with the documentary White Like Me by filmmaker Tim Wise. These articles and film explore the race and racism in the United States, along with critical race theory.
Michael White, the author of Examining the Impact Of External Influences on Police Use Of Deadly Force Over Time, states in relation to the issue that police use of deadly force has been the primary focus of research over the past 40 years that has been examining different major determinates of police behavior with shootings (White, 2003, p. 50). This causes a controversial issue for many. In the research conducted in by Cullen and his coworkers, Hacker (1992) claims that “America remains two nations, Black and White, separate, hostile, unequal." (Cullen, 1996). Police are then put into situations where a White officer is against a Black man or vice versa.
The heated debate over Caucasian policeman abusing power in African American areas in the United States has been recently one of the leading topics in media, as a result of a contentious shooting in the town of Ferguson. The NBC News channel invited three authorities on the subject to discuss recent events. Anthony Gray, Michael Brown’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, a former NYC mayor and Michael Dyson, a sociology professor from Georgetown University. The debate caused strong controversy. Analyzing particularly Rudy Giuliani’s tone I found it to be highly contemptuous and somewhat elitist, marginalizing Afroamerican communities that encounter authority abuse on a daily basis and excluding them as an inferior social group.
Finding methods to justify intentional exploitation and to still appear to be morally upstanding citizens is the weapon of white moderates in silencing black protests. Protests are less likely to occur when oppression appears not to be actively reinforced. A means of which to skew the appearance of perpetuating racial privilege, or perhaps unwittingly doing so, in contemporary times includes the way race is discussed. “Among whites, more than twice as many say that in order to improve race relations, it’s more important to focus on what different racial and ethnic groups have in common (57%) as say the focus should be on what makes each group unique (26%). Among blacks, similar shares say the focus should be on commonalities (45%) as say it should be on differences (44%)”
In the essay, Just Walk on By, Staples conveys emotional and ethical appeals in order to make people aware of the struggles black men go through due to the stereotypical expectations people have towards them. Staples emphasizes the tension between the white and black race through the usage of ambiguous phrases. Words such as “victim,” “stalking,” and “the ability to alter public space in ugly ways” serve to display how white people perceive the black race in a negative aspect. Through using these words, the author shows how intense interracial encounters are experienced by both parties.
In today's era people of color face discrimination, police brutality, and unfair judgment on an everyday basis in the United States. You look at the news at each day, it's a new case of police brutality or discrimination. Look no further than the
“"There's something in our world that makes men lose their heads—they couldn't be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life."” (Lee 251-252) Not only does this quote show the effects of racism in our society it also shows how corruption of the justice system also ties in with the idea and actions of racism.
In today 's society, numerous occurrences indicate that minorities are still being oppressed by the lawmakers of society. A few black people feel that the oppression years have passed; however, a vast majority believes that the world is concealing their true intentions of continued oppression. Barack Obama made history by becoming this country’s first black male president. However, we still have a horde of issues to tackle before achieving equality. It breaks my heart to learn of the countless deaths of minorities by police officers without holding them accountable.
Racism is one of the largest and most prominent issues in America today. It is affecting people of different ethnicities on a day to day life, and most people who are not affected by it are completely blind to it. It should never be justifiable to treat a person differently because of their skin color, yet it continues to happen. Racism is a vast issue in America and people are being affected by it in the workplace, police force, and in society in general. Racism affects African Americans with extremity.
Racial ethnic equality While the reality of racism as a way people chose to perceive things still remains to date, the choice to be or not to be is individual. Unlike other beliefs natured by natural laws, racism is indoctrinated in people’s minds in order to direct hatred on another group or ‘minority’. The racist mind chooses to absorb racist ideologies which then influence their thinking and identity. “Changes” by Tupac Shakur In his song Changes” Tupac Shakur addresses the many challenges African Americans face a s a people ranging from racism to struggles they endure in a racist world.
Racism is one of the hardest things to eradicate in a society. The believe you are superior to someone based on the color of your skin has existed for centuries. It is embedded in the minds of thousands of people. Sometimes we have preconceptions of certain cultures and expect of people from there to have the same habits or responses that we believe is a standard for certain races. Over a thirty-six hour period in Los Angeles, a handful of disparate people's lives intertwine as they deal with the tense race relations that belie life in the city.
Eighty percent of people pulled over in traffic by police in New York City are Black or Latino. Women in the United States are paid on average twenty percent less than men. An unarmed Black individual is twice as likely to be killed by a law enforcement official than a White person. The underlying factor in these statistics is prejudice: preconceived opinions of groups of people not based on actual fact. Where do these biases come from, and are they permanent?