It 's been about a year and a half since 18 year old Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson. This ordeal still holds a lot of controversy. I, myself believe that Wilson 's action were unjustifiable and way worse than just unfair. Regardless of whether or not Michael had stolen something, shooting to kill was unnessecary. It was also unacceptabe and disrespectful for his body to be taken away hours later and in a cop car. When I heard about what had happened I was enraged because it seemed that once again race had made the situation sticky. However, if we were to take away the fact that Michael was black and Wilson was white, it still would not have made Wilson 's actions any better. When you look at the statistics of the matter you can 't help but place blame on the justice system. 1 in 15 black men are incarcerated in comparison to 1 in 106 white men. This to me is a gap that is to huge to call a coincidence. Racial profiling and subliminal messages on T.V. make criminal charges look more and more like a death sentence for young black …show more content…
I remember watching live while they were deciding on whether or not there would be an indictment. The entire time I was nervous. I thought for sure that Wilson would have to face the consequences. In the end. No indictment. And the sad part is if I had known what I know now then I would have not been so surprised. This justice system is unfair, to all of its citzens, but more so black and brown citizens. Michael Brown and his family deserved for justice to brought. Some try and say that michael was a thug or like to bring up the fact that he had possible stolen something but the fact remains that an unarmed teen was killed by a police officer. An oifficer who was supposed to serve and
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The justice system sentences black people to harsh punishments for minor offenses, where white people would walk away free for the same crime. Our color blindness prevents us from seeing the racial and structural divisions in society, such as the unequal schools, the isolated jobless ghettos, and the segregated society the justice system has built by locking up African American men for up to half their lives and missing out on their
It all began on Saturday August 9, 2014 in the town of Ferguson, Missouri, which is a small suburb of St. Louis, Missouri. A young African American male was shot by a white police officer, which ultatimely led to his death. His name was Michael Brown he was only 18 years old when he died from a gun shot wound by officer Darren Wilson. The story begins when Brown and his friend decided to go rob a store where they sold cigarillos.
Racism and racial discrimination has been a major issue in the U.S. since the colonial periods, where people have been treated differently only based upon their race. Although the civil rights movement opposed racial discrimination, the act of stereotyping individuals still continues till this day. Racial profiling by law enforcement is commonly defined as a practice that targets people for suspicion of crime based on their race, religion or national origin. A recent case, involving a young black man named Michael Brown is an example of how a police officer may act differently when facing an African American. “Ferguson Grand Jury Evidence Reveals Mistakes, Holes In Investigation” is an article written by Jason Cherkis’s and published on November
That lead to racial tension and prejudice in American since this country was made from the painful history of slavery, segregation and the old concepts of racial order that blacks and white have their place in society. Therefore, for Trayvon Martin family living in a gated community not in the ghetto where most white people think that all Blacks live in this type of community wearing a hoodie with a bag of skittle in his pocket, but to a white man looks like a gun made Zimmerman think he has the right to murder this young man without no evidences that he was dangerous, violence or suspicious. With the Trayvon Martin case was an example of injustice since the justice system has always been a race relations with blacks have been treating harshly as suspects and offenders but never as victims. The justice system was created from white supremacy and black inferiority from slavery so the system still has the disadvantage for blacks and still use some of the slave codes, blacks’ codes and Jim crow
On August 9, 2014, a young African American man named Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Darren Wilson the police officer who shot Michael Brown accused Michael of strong-arm robbery, however, Michael was unarmed. Michael was accompanied by his friend Dorian Johnson at the time of the incident. Dorian stated, “ We were walking down the street an empty street we were just walking down minding our own business were both heading home.” When police officer Darren Wilson tried to stop them they started to run because officer Wilson fired his arm; Dorian stated that he ducked for cover behind a car because he feared for his life.
In August 2014 police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed teenager Michael Brown, which set off nationwide outbreak in weeks following and still lingers today in the fall of 2017. Following the shooting many clung to the easiest explanation and labeled Wilson as a racist and pinned the shooting as unjustified. As time went on the Department of Justice did its report on the situation and concluded that the shooting was indeed justified by all forensic and witness data. With the mix of explanations in the air Jake Halpern wrote “The Cop” in The New Yorker on the situation one year after the shooting, which allowed him to find outlets on both sides of the gun. Halpern sheds light on parts of the story that were not shared on prime-time news
The act itself is disappointing but more importantly I was bothered by the fact that there are many white individuals who fall victim to acts of police brutality but they don’t receive as much attention because they are not minorities (especially as much as african americans and latino’s do). “Deaths of whites at the hands of law enforcement typically receive less attention, even when the case is shrouded in controversy.” (Richardson, 1). This is an issue as a nation, we are fighting for unity among us all so I find it particularly odd that I never hear cases of police brutality against white individuals on the news, but constantly I come across one’s relating to african americans. All cases of police brutality are wrong despite color, race and ethnicity and we all deserve the right to raise awareness of this growing issue!
Destroying the Civil Rights Rodney King and Oscar Grant cases both have racial injustice. Rodney king was in a high speed chase, he was caught; therefore, the officers pulled him out of the car and beat him. A couple of police Officers were detaining Oscar Grant then another officer shot him in the back. The beating and shooting of people, because of racial issues can and will defeat the purpose of civil rights.
Oftentimes, the media publicizes when a black person is shot and killed by an officer and even then many cases tend to go unnoticed. The officers are hardly ever reprimanded for having shot an innocent child who was mistaken for holding a gun when it was really a toy truck. It is also known that far too often, rich white men are able to avoid being sent to jail, keeping their record clean. Whereas poor people of color are usually sentenced to harsher punishments for committing the same crime. It is evident that there is a much larger picture to the incarceration of black people and other minorities.
While Trayvon’s death was a tragedy, it was also an example of violent racism in the United States. Racial discrimination affects the way Americans think about race violence and relations, and should be eradicated as soon as possible. Besides Trayvon Martin’s death, there have been several occurrences of race violence in America. One such event was the death of Michael Brown Jr. at the hands of police officer Darren Wilson.
According to the article Racism and Police Brutality in America, “Whites believe that Blacks are disproportionately inclined to engage in criminal behavior and are the deserving on harsh treatment by the criminal justice system” (Chaney 484). The justice system has unfortunately followed this idea. The African American race has been a minority in the legal system in the past; however, it has been much worse as of 2015. Some individuals assume it is acceptable to refrain from acknowledging this fact. Racism is an issue in the midst of police brutality, and it should be resolved.
Racial Tension in Michael Brown 's case On August 9, 2014, eighteen-year-old Michael Brown was shot by Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting caused protests and has drawn the world’s attention because Michael Brown was an unarmed black man while Darren Wilson is a white police officer. People believe
Blacks (I use this word because I am speaking about the black community as a whole, not only African Americans) face racial discrimination from the criminal justice system as well. Treyvon Martin was gun down because of a hoodie he was wearing. When George Zimmerman went on trial for his actions, he was “innocent” and he said it was in self defense. “The Justice Department announced today that the independent federal investigation found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman for the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012, in Sanford, Florida” (justice.gov) . This was very devastating for the black community as a whole.
According to the text the criminal justice system is racist, because Martin Luther King day, for instance ,senator Barack Obama charged that blacks and whites “are arrested at very different rates and receive very different sentenced.” A example for this would be the book we are currenting A lesson before dying . A black man went to the store with two of his black friends and they shot a white man the boy name jefferson didn't do anything but by him being a black man and a white man is dead he is going to get charged with murder and a death sentence. If it was the other way around and a white man killed black mans he would of been let go and not charged but if they do charge him he would not get that much time. Our justice system is just messed up but that's just how things are today.
A poor innocent African-American boy was shot to death, because his image brought him up to look like a robber, according to a white cop. The white cop did what anyone apparently is expected to do, and shoot what was somehow “threatening” him. Is the cop in jail? No, they let him go because it was meant to be an act of “self defence”. The fact that he murdered an innocent boy for completely no good reason, has been totally ignored. "