Innocent men, women, and even children have been killed by police officers for no reason. Black lives matter, all lives matter. The Black Lives Matter movement has been expanding around the United States in the last few years. There are a huge number of people that are against the Black Lives Matter movement and say that the cops are just doing their job no matter what happens. When there is a news story about police brutality on black people, there are people that say that the cops are innocent and should not be held accountable for murder (Greene32).
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
78). The justification given to White Southerner for these murders was that when a African-American raped white women, they need to be lynched. However, the inconsistencies that wells found out were that only a third of the African-American who were murdered were accused of rape and the other who were murdered were lynched for anything with crime or no crime at all. Most of the people who were lynched were innocent people, including women, children. It does not matter even if African-American who were lynched even if they were innocent.
Brown 's death would soon act as a catalyst for a movement more powerful than any other. Preceding Brown 's murder, it was presumable that any unarmed (and often innocent) black person who encountered a Caucasian authority figure could potentially end up in a horrid situation. Eric Garner, Rekia Boyd, Shantel Davis and Oscar Grant, are just a handful of unarmed African-Americans that were killed by police officers across the United States before the loss of Brown.
With their father as the defending lawyer, Scout and Jem are introduced to racism with an anomalous perspective. Most wealthy, white children growing up in the south in the 1930s gained a biased attitude toward African Americans, but Scout and Jem luckily avoid this prejudice. Racism is introduced as prevalent to Scout and Jem as they attempt to understand what is going on. Scout figures out that sometimes bigotry and emotion overpower a supposedly objective justice system. Although all evidence proved Tom Robinson to be not guilty, his color secured his sentencing and inevitable murder.
However, Tom Robinson is no match for the iron grasp racism has on the southern United States. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, racial prejudice leads to the unfair treatment of Tom Robinson during his court case and after his death. During the trial of Tom Robinson, racial prejudice and stereotyping lead to unfair bias amongst the jury, ultimately resulting in a wrongful conviction. Tom Robinson, a black man, is on trial for rape. He has a very good chance of winning the trial because the prosecution "has not produced…medical evidence…that the crime…took place" (Lee 271).
I found Sherman Alexie 's "Breaking and Entering" to be very interesting; a different look on the situation. All I 've ever hear in this type of siuations is the point of view of the victom. You alwasy here from the side that had the most dentrimental effect on the family. Just like Shermans story if the person breaking into his house was an older black or white person the outcome would have been tramedously different. Every day you hear the news talking about how another person has killed an inncoent young black person or how horrible the killer is even when nothing is known about the tradigy.
White supremascists Shawn Berry Lawrence Russell Brewer and John King started a major racial controversy by murdering James Byrd Jr. It came as a shock to people when, for the first time in history, the press bothered to notice the lynching of a black man in Texas, society was astonished that they cared with such passion and vigor. Many American citizens found this appalling considering the country’s indifference to racial violence. Had it not been for the lynching of James Byrd Jr., the Hate Crimes Prevention Act would not exist, therefore countless acts of brutality would take place because there would not be any rules or resistance impeding them from committing the crime. James Jr. was born on May 2, 1949, in Beaumont, Texas, making him fourty-nine years old at the time of his death (1998).
All across America, an epidemic of law enforcement perverting their power over the people has broken out. Statistics show that, every eight hours, someone’s life is taken away by the very people who are supposed to protect it. An African-American man is about twice as likely to be executed by an officer as a Caucasian man, whether they pose a threat or not. Jess Colarossi from ThinkProgress.org reported that, “several Delaware police officers wound up fatally shooting the wheelchair-bound man.” This man, Jeremy McDole, was adjusting himself in the chair, with no weapon on him, and nevertheless the police found it compulsory to shoot a man incapable of even dressing himself in the morning. The thought processes that went through the minds of these officers is inconceivable.
Tom Robinson is not guilty but suffers death only because of the color of his skin and the racial segregation of the time. "The only thing we 've got is a black man 's word against the Ewells '. The evidence boils down to you-did-I-didn 't. The jury couldn 't possibly be expected to take Tom Robinson 's word
The facts in this case are as follows: on November 1 at 10 pm a murder of a boy was taken place in front of his apartment on 12th Street. Three suspects pulled the trigger on a nearby man who was standing, but the man was not harm. However, a boy was hit in the head by a stray bullet from a 9mm pistol died before he was able to get to the hospital. Community members blamed the murder on police. They commanded that the police should be more responsible on the issue of gun violence in the neighborhood and find the 3 suspects who murdered the boy.
Dr. Carl Hart wrote his memoir, High Price, to correct the false notion that African Americans were mainly criminals and drug dealers. Specifically, Hart describes his relationships with Caucasian people to show how mistaken they were over the subject. For instance, “They [the police] wanted me to participate in an impromptu one-man lineup, something that was notoriously unreliable … The whole thing was excruciatingly embarrassing, being conducted in the center of campus where any of my friends or colleagues could potentially have seen it … Like many blacks, I’d come to expect this sort of denial and minimization from white people”(Hart 246-247). In this situation, Dr. Hart describes his encounter with police and bystanders who assumed he was the perpetrator of a crime simply because he was African American. Further, this example displays how people can be convinced of certain stereotypes or generalizations without any actual evidence, as seen by the relation between Dr. Hart and the police.
Oscar Grant was shot by Johannes Mehserle on New Year 's Eve. The police are killing innocent blacks. This is how the police are killing African Americans. The police should treat them equally. Eric Gamer was choked to death because he refused to be put in cuffs .
Ironically, far more cases of discrimination happened in the Southern states in comparison to the Northern states. Later on were the Jim Crow laws which were enforced in the Southern states which led to the tragedy of lynching. Lynching was practiced by an infamous group known as the Ku Klux Klan and became a severe threat to African Americans as time went on. They targeted African Americans who showed any sign of disrespect towards whites. However, they also did it for no reason as black people were beaten or tortured if they weren 't in contact or became disrespectful towards the whites.
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.