African American history has revolved around the struggle for overcoming negative social forces whether it is in regards to slavery or post-slavery. Throughout most of American history, laws and folkways have been formed. These laws forced African Americans into seeking other alternatives that would allow them to envision their potential by seeking opportunities for economic, intellectual and autonomy. Black Nationalism was a call for Black power. It brought about independence from the society and emphasized the collective action of African Americans based on shared heritage and common concerns.
Shortly after, a statement was released that the officer Timothy Lehmann was deemed unfit to be a cop and should be charged with the murder against Rice. People use the statement “Black Lives Matter” because they believe African Americans are clearly being mistreated (many consider/call this racism) from a police brutality perspective and in our court system. Julia Craven, writer for The Huffington Post and a supporter of the “Black Lives Matter” statement says, “When I say "Black lives matter," it is because this nation has a tendency to say otherwise (“All Lives Matter”). Racial discrimination does affect all minorities but police brutality, at such excessive rates, does not. Officers are provided the unrestricted
It was unjust and yet no one did anything about, there was no solid evidence that could incriminate the force. Until the Rodney King beatings. Rodney Kings was a black male who was pulled over by the police one night, he got out of his car and according to police was “uncooperative”. After a few moments king made a move to, as he later stated, “grab his butt” and was immediately swarmed. Swarm was a police tactic that stated all men at the scene were to subdue the culprit with any means necessary, including violence.
For as long as I could remember, African Americans have succumbed to some of the cruelest treatment seen in America’s history. This mistreatment has taken on many forms particularly in respect to social and racial discrimination. Examples of prior struggles for equality of African Americans in America may include: the pursuit of their freedom and equal treatment that was attributed by slavery, attaining voting rights, and being able to secure a job that would not discriminate based solely on their skin color. A number of Key figures were instrumental in making American what it is today and here are just to name a few: Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King Jr., and Thurgood Marshall. I chose the documentary “Fighting Back” (1957-1962) to discuss.
Those stereotypes are often created during our first impression. However, most of our negative stereotypes are created by advertising, media, and our society. The problem is we are developing an image of African Americans based on generalizations and not our encounter or first impression of them. Power and destiny has been controlled by white people throughout the history of the United States. There is still racial inequality between the white community and black community.
Many of the whites believed that it simply was in the nature of a black to affiliate in crime and unmoral behaviors. This created a social construction of blacks in which till this day continues to have a hold on many African American everyday lives, from complex areas such as the workplace to simple social situations such as social stereotypes. These social constructions set by society towards the blacks within this community, had taken a considerable impact on the fate of the Robert Taylor homes. When the Robert Taylor homes had first been built, they were constructed on the hope of mixing the black and white community. Chicago politicians allegedly viewed this as a stepping stone for the blacks towards racial equality.
Similar to other social movements including the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Lives Matter campaign has forced incumbent politicians to get involved and for upcoming candidates to make a stance on the issue. The mistreatment of African Americans by police offers has been criticized by movements such as the All Lives Matter and the Blue Lives Matter campaigns, which aim to condemn the Black Lives Matter movement by stating that this movement is seen as anti-white and ignorant of all other races and violence against them. Nevertheless, those in union with the campaign argue that the campaign sheds light on a specific injustice happening in the African American community and brings the world into solidarity with those
Black philosophy and race theory proves to be an essential component of society through the writings of figures such as Charles Mills and Ta-Nehisi Coates. Throughout the course of history, the black community has experienced the effects of racism through personal encounters, as well as an entire race as a whole. The ideology of black philosophy provides a perspective that counteracts with the views of white philosophy specifically through the Cartesian and Ellisonian sums, which view basic principles of life with a different perspectives. The separation of values between the white and black communities has contributed to modern day issues of racism that exist in society. The concept of white philosophy or racism has subsidized the discrimination of the black community both socially as a race and singularly through personal accounts.
W.E.B Du Bois argues in his article, “of our spiritual strivings,” that the role of identity in shaping the African-American experience cannot be overlooked. Likewise, Kimberle Crenshaw in, “Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex,” has argued that, to some extent, identity has shaped the African-American experience. According to Michael Dawson in his article, “A model of Black Utility and Linked Fate,” the community in which the African-Americans find themselves contributes immensely to their experience. I examine how the concepts of race, culture, identity, community, and power have shaped the African-American experience. Further, I examine whether these concepts illuminate or obscure the African-American experience.
The Prevalence of the “Black Power” and “Time and Distance Overcome” in the “Black Lives Matter” Movement Even before the civil war a very large problem in the United States has been racial controversies and equal rights. These topics have been a struggle for many citizens of different race but one of the largest is the lives of African Americans. It began with slavery, was prevalent during the time of Martin Luther King Jr., and now has resulted with the Black Lives Matter movement. Eula Biss wrote a personal story on the death and lives of African Americans in her story “Time and Distance Overcome.” Stokely Carmichael delivered a strong speech called “Black Power.” The “Black Lives Matter” movement has revived attention to these topics once