In my opinion, racial injustice is still a problem in the United States criminal justice system. While the circumstances of the Trayvon Martin case did not affect me personally, it had a large impact on Miami-Dade County. I am friends with a bunch of students who attended the same public high school as Trayvon. However, while I live five minutes from that institution, the private school I attended was thirty minutes away, in Broward County. Thus, I could hardly sympathize with my friends back at home. But regardless, everyone in the democratic South Florida area, including myself, were enraged by the racial influence of the not-guilty verdict. Basically, I believe that while murder can sometimes be accidental, murder is murder. No matter who
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Black Americans are more than twice as likely as white Americans to be unarmed when they are shot and killed by police officers, according to a study published in the Journal of Criminology and Public Policy. In addition, the study finds that racial bias is a contributing factor (Schumaker). How does racial bias influence police brutality? Defined, “Police brutality is the use of excessive physical or verbal assault during police procedures, such as apprehending or interrogating a suspect. Deadly force is not always excessive force. However, when deadly force exceeds the force that is necessary to create a safe environment, it is considered police brutality.” The United States has an abhorrent history embracing racial relations. Police brutality has historically been perpetrated against individuals in lower socioeconomic levels and the social marginalized. It has been permitted against citizens who have participated in strikes during the late 1800’s and early 1900’s by spraying them down with hoses and attacking them with police dogs. This behavior has been motivated by racial stereotypes. Many police officers believe blacks are more violent than other races, and this image has been reflected in media quite often. These stereotypes are rooted in the sordid history of enslavement, genocide, and segregation. Although, stereotypes are not entirely the problem that encourages police brutality. Rampant discrimination and disparate treatment of certain minorities in the judicial
My daughter is away attending college, not just a few miles away from home, but four hundred and thirty miles north of Atlanta, Georgia. I couldn’t imagine my daughter calling home one evening hysterical because she had been arrested. Arrested for suspicious fraudulent activity using a credit card because her race, complexion, and ethnicity didn’t fit the criteria of how one should look when purchasing expensive items. Just thinking about the idea makes my heart pound uncontrollably. After many years of fighting for equal rights for African Americans, it’s unfortunate that racism still exist and the color of your skin can cost you your freedom. Racial profiling is unjust, unconstitutional, and remains a huge problem still in the twenty-first century.
When you google Jasmine Richards the first thing that pops up is an article about her conviction of Felony Lynching. Not the dedication and time she has spent investing into the Black Lives Matter movement and organizing rallies nor her commitment to improving her community, but her conviction. The Black Lives Matter organization was created in 2012 following the death of Trayvon Martin. Over the last four years the movement has gained much traction in the media and has accomplished small changes in legislation requiring body cameras to be worn at all times by law enforcement in order to protect civilian interests along with the interests of officers on duty. Although Jasmine Richards was not one of the founding members of the movement, she like many others such as Deray and Netta through social media raised her voice in hopes of uplifting the needs of others. In her short time being involved she managed to rally
I chose to write on an incident that occurred on Feb 26, 20102, in Sanford, Florida. George Zimmerman a 28 year old mixed Hispanic male shot and killed Trayvon Martin. Zimmerman was a volunteer neighborhood watch coordinator, in a gated community in Florida. While on duty, Zimmermann had a concealed weapon and carried a 9mm pistol. (Zimmerman did have a legal permit). The fatal shot occured while Zimmerman and Martin where fighting. The police responded 2 mins after the shots fired because Zimmerman called the police prior to the fight. Trayvon Martin an African American male, died at the age of 17.
On the subject of comparing today’s events of African Americans standing up for justice and before the 60’s when they were fighting for justice, I am going to talk about the Trayvon Martin story. Trayvon Martin was an African American teenager who was in a lot of trouble in school having been suspended three times and even was caught with drugs in his book bag by the principal of his school. After he had came from the store buying skittles and an Arizona iced tea according to George Zimmerman (the man who shot Trayvon) he had said that, "This guy looks like he 's up to no good, or he 's on drugs or something. It 's raining, and he 's just walking around." After he had told this to the dispatcher, he ended up following Trayvon with the intent
This article written by Christine William for the Gatestone Institute was an eye opener, on the way we look at race crimes and the way the government deals with such events. She begins by talking about the George Zimmerman case. The case that dealt with a man (not of color) killing a young African American teenager. She stated that people have, “intrinsically portrayed the tragedy of Trayvon Martin's death as the fight for black equality”. She than went on to say that although Trayvon had been suspended a month before and had text messages that showed his affiliation with fire arms and drugs, he was even compared to Jesus Christ being crucified. She says that his death was indeed a tragedy, but the way it was portrayed and used by the government
Regardless of the decisions made by the courts and the evidence available to the public, it is easy to blame the situation at hand on racism. However, according to the statistics relayed on The Juvenile and Criminal-Justice Center website, the stance leaning towards law enforcement bias towards black men, does not hold. These reports state that police killed 123 blacks. On the other hand, these reports also published that the same group of offenders killed 326 whites. That being said, what about the Michael Brown case has elicited such a violent and nation-wide response? In order to fully understand what truly led to the misplaced vigilantism aftermath of Brown’s death on a grand scale, the town of Ferguson MI. and St. Louis County as a whole,
The Witch Hunt was based on false accusations and reputations made on certain people causing a series of harmful events. My article is the “Trayvon Martin Case: Is young, black and wearing a hoodie a recipe for disaster?” from the U.S. News. The Trayvon Martin Case occurred several years ago. Trayvon Martin was a 17-year-old boy who got shot by a community crime-watch volunteer in Florida (“Trayvon Martin Case: Is young, black and wearing a hoodie a recipe for disaster?”). This case has caused a lot of disturbance in communities because people believed it was some sorts of racism. This case relates to the Witch Hunt because of reputations created by societies and people, which then lead to a false accusation taking the life of a young boy who
Whether one agrees or disagrees with the idea that a government has the ability to punish their citizens with death, it is hard to argue that our judiciary system is capable of wielding such power. The flaws that unarguably plague the US justice system make it impossible for our government to fairly distribute and regulate death as a form of punishment.
I feel as though every time I look up I see the same heartbreaking headline: Black Person Killed by Cop. It seems as if the unjustified killing will never end, and to make matters worse, our supposed protectors, the men in blue are not even being charged for the murder of these people, or if they do, the time they serve is little to nothing. We have all seen the videos, the evidence that would put anyone else in jail for quite some time, and yet these vile actions go unpunished. There have been far too many cases of police brutality and not enough justice for black citizens. The fear that black people cannot go on, and racial profiling must end so that we can live our lives in peace.