(210) The courts were striving to keep blacks at a level similar to slave laws. In this state of chaos it is no wonder why black crime was steadily rising. Many whites tried to explain black crime by stating that black people were inherently evil and violent, that they were biologically inferior. Those statements were obviously incorrect as it is clear why black crime was growing during the urban transformation. Blacks were subject to the culture that slavery instilled in them.
Retaliation and reaction by the system that helped create Black Rage was common. The Black Panther’s Party, one of the most significant symbols of Black Rage was undermined by the Federal government. The social phenomena of the Black Communities are quite different from other ethnic communities. Black communities are different because black people had little or no control over their location. In most cases black communities were a result of economics; black people created comm... ... middle of paper ... ...y rather than call the police when a fight or some other disturbance occurred would deal with the situation themselves.
According to Smith and Holmes (2003), the police overreact toward minorities because they naturally assume that the minority community pos... ... middle of paper ... ...lled by police officers reside in the lower economic communities (Jacob and O’Brien 1998). In addition, law enforcement would naturally use excessive force to frisk or stop a profiled suspect based on the assign stereotypes of the given ethnicity (Risse and Zeckhauser 2004). This concept contributes to the higher rates of police brutality among the minorities. Moreover, Research compiled by US Human Rights Network presented a pattern of innocent black killed by police officer in an unreasonable manner. Of the thirty black people killed by police between the months of January 1 and March 31st 2012, twenty were unarmed of any dangerous weapon, twelve were innocent, and eight were emotionally unstable (Dave 2012).
In the Wall Street Journal, leadership responsibility is generally deflected to the black communities themselves, evoking a “do it yourself” mentality. The implications of this line of thought are huge because they excuse Americans at large from confronting the inequalities they have created in society, designating the violence in the riots as a consequence of factors relevant only to poor black communities. In “Campaign 92” John Buchanan is quoted saying that he strongly apposes social programs and thinks that they actually hinder impoverished communities’ ability to improve their own situation. By downplaying the power of the government, opinions like this one take pressure off politicians to lead reform. Other articles such as “The Los Angeles Riots --- Who Speaks for Blacks?” show a subtle continuation of these themes, though through a more liberal lens.
Sam Adler-Bell from Alternet discusses an incident from 2014 when a Princeton undergraduat... ... middle of paper ... ... up” is skewed, as people are more likely to be mistreated and frisked on the streets. Low-income areas become primal hotspots for law enforcement to engage in unjust treatment. Racism will continue to exist as long as the diversity America holds intertwines in all social stratums. From the streets of a low-income neighborhood to the justice system there exists racial disparities causing civil unrest in American lives. America’s reputation for “equality” is an ironic pseudonym proven wrong by its own justice system.
I believe they grow up in tough cities and lack opportunities that whites have. Alexander states, “once again, vagrancy laws and other laws defining activities such as mischief and insulting gestures as crimes were enforced vigorously against blacks” (Alexander 31). Throughout history, many can notice African Americans are placed on the lower end of the spectrum. This is due to one factor only, skin color. Many people are prejudiced against the black men, as seen in recent issues cops are specifically tough on the black
It was a civil explosion that you can clearly see from the Detroit riots in 1967. Detroit experienced the worst civil disorder of any American city in the 20th century. Prior to July 23, 1967 Detroit had managed to avoid riots that had erupted in other major cities such as Harlem, Cleveland, Chicago, and Los Angeles. Day 1 At 3:45 a.m. on Sunday July 23, 1967 twelve officers did a routine raid in a Blind Pig on 12th street. There were 82 people arrested.
Racism, which is bad enough, led to things much worse for African Americans. “Along with restrictions on voting rights and laws to segregate society, white violence against Af... ... middle of paper ... ...ows that we have come a long way. But despite this, we can’t erase the fact that our country once was segregated and treated those of different races inequitably. Works Cited Appleby, Joyce PhD., Brinkley., Alan PhD; McPherson, James PhD. The American Journey 2003.
Looking at one of the oldest sources in the media (the dictionary) you clearly see racist overtones in the definitions of any words starting with black or white. Black is defined as opposite to white, African American, soiled or stained, and evil or wicked just to name a few of the definitions (Webster 68). I believe this not only fosters a subconscious negative view of African Americans, but also makes many white people think they are some how better than blacks. The defense put on by the four white Los Angeles police officers accused of beating Rodney King in 1991, and the recent case in Ohio, are very telling of this. They claimed that they were scared and felt they might have been attacked or even killed (88).