Do Black Lives Matter?
Dr. Ellen McKenzie
23 September 2015
Dr. Ellen McKenzie
23 September 2015
Summary Response: Do Black Lives Matter?
The historical mistreatment, and oppression of African Americans lives remains an indisputable fact in the history of the United States. The “Black Lives Matter” activist movement focuses on the death of African American lives in the hands of police. The movement raises awareness for police brutality and injustices minorities receive in the United States. The movement calls for an end to Mass Incarceration, Police Brutality, Racial Profiling, and police militarization immediately. To begin my research I looked into the “Black Lives Matter” movement on various news sources. I then conducted research using academic databases, such as Opposing viewpoints in context. Lastly, I collected statistics from various reliable encyclopedias. The sources allowed me to narrow my subject and develop a good response. Minorities are discriminated by law enforcement, and the research will prove this.
Known as the new Jim Crow, mass incarceration is a term used to explain the historically extreme imprisonment rates we have United States. The journalist Stephanos Bibas reports in the National Review that, “America has the highest incarceration rate in the world, outstripping even Russia, Cuba, Rwanda, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. Though America is home to only about one-twentieth of the world’s population, we house almost a quarter of the world’s prisoners. Since the mid-1970s, American prison populations have boomed, multiplying sevenfold while the population has increased by only 50 percent.” Biba explained how extreme the United States Incarce...
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.... The increasing police militarism supports police brutality, racial profiling. Since the cooperation act passed civilian deaths have been increasing exponentially, and will continue to do so.
I have learned through my research how police discriminate against minorities. I began learning about mass incarceration, and discovered how African Americans are incarcerated the most in the United States. I then learned how the police use racial profiling to stereotype certain groups of people. I learned about police brutality and discovered how African Americans face the most brutality from police hands. Finally, I researched how the police is becoming militarized, and making things only worse in the United States. In conclusion, I believe my thesis was proved correct. Police do discriminate against minorities. Black lives do matter, and discrimination must be abolished.
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