An African American Male As A Gun

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One afternoon in November of 2014, an African American male was wielding a handgun in a nearby park just outside Cleveland. A 9-1-1 caller from a house nearby felt in danger and contacted local police. In the phone call, the caller claims that the weapon is “probably fake” and the male is “probably a juvenile”(“Tamir Rice Incident”). Regardless, officer Timothy Loehmann responded to the scene, his safety precautions lacking[Absolute subject-verb split], as he rode dangerously fast in his patrol car and fired shots before coming to a halt, giving the man very little chance to surrender[Participial closer]. He was hit in the chest and fell to the ground instantly. Neither of the cops at the scene offered any aid to the man, while he sat there soaked in his own blood. The man was confirmed dead the next day. Turns out, this “man” was 12-year-old Tamir Rice, who was simply playing with a toy gun. From Cleveland to Baltimore to Charleston, America has recently been riddled with increasing amounts of racism. Even in our own police system, racism continues to become a factor everyday in the United States. According to a recent report from the The Dallas Morning News, on average, an unarmed black man was fatally shot by police every nine days in the first seven months of 2015 (Roberson). While protests remain a popular activity among many societies, racism continues to thrive, worsening race relations across America[Participial closer]. Unless more serious steps are taken, the well being of all citizens across the United States will remain in jeopardy. Prior to examining the horrible effects of this societal segregation, one must fully understand exactly what racism is. In terms of etymology, the word “racism” is first attested in 19... ... middle of paper ... ...ally, have taken the biggest hit from job inequality, digging the hole our nation has built even deeper. Jeannette Walls said it better than anyone else, “you’re not supposed to use that word,” referring to the n-word (Walls, 143). Unless we listen to Walls and start to make changes, America will continue to represent that of a divided nation with widely different ideologies, one following the path of racial discrimination, the other working to retain equal treatment of everyone[Absolute, Closer]. Tragic events that occurred like the shootings of Tamir Rice and Freddie Gray, will remain the faces of a movement that should’ve ended fifty years ago. One might ask, “Who is to blame?” The answer is simple. Everyone who continues to sit on the sidelines and watch as this nation falls into turmoil. And it’s going to take everyone in order to correct this awful situation.

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