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and 2-years in prison certainly does not compensate for the death of this unarmed man.
Although this case occurred in 2009 and the Black Lives Matter movement didn’t begin until 2013 following the verdict on Trayvon Martin’s case and the killings of African American teenager Michael Brown and 43-year old Eric Garner, Oscar Grant’s turn of events is still relatable for what the movement stands for. The growing issues that the Black Lives Matter movement stands against are the unnecessary uses of police force and the unequal treatment of African Americans by police. The movement also targets the judicial system because of the verdicts handed down upon the assailants for their crimes against
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Black Lives Matter is much more than just a catchy slogan. This movement
symbolizes the fight for social justice and equality that is so difficult to achieve. The
Black Lives Matter movement strives to eliminate the current social state where many
african americans are a target for unnecessary discrimination, whether verbal, physical,
or emotional. The process of social innovation with the goal of complete racial equality
is one that must be expedited, especially while considering the little process we have
made in the last half century. In our current political state, the Black Lives Matter
movement is not only beneficial in this process but necessary. Black Lives Matters
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Dancing has also given me the opportunity to attend different events that have enriched my knowledge about my background. Often, my cousins and I are asked to perform African dances at events. Not only are these sources of income but are also entertaining and educational. One such performance took place in Birchtown in 2016, at their annual Journey Back to Birchtown event. Before the event, I knew very little about the historical link between Birchtown and Sierra Leone. However, preparation for this event exposed me to both Birchtown and their Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, from which I learned about the Loyalists that relocated from Birchtown to Freetown, a move that was a fulfilment of promises
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seven years to find someone guilty of lynching. The accused was fined one hundred dollars and only spent one year in jail. During that time, hundred anti-lynching laws were created, zero were passed. Obviously, black lives did not matter to the American government and the people. The mutilation of black bodies was just another form of profit for America. ". .Lynching, are not aberrations from this nation's true principles but, rather manifestations of its abiding commitment to sustain the conditions of racial exploitation." (Ogletree Jr. , Sarat, 23) Killing black people ensures that white people stay at the top of the political, social, and economic hierarchy. It allows white supremacy to
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propagandistic film Birth of a Nation (notably rated 99% by Rotten Tomatoes) depicts the thinking of the times impeccably as every single white person in black face in the film were depicted as: primal beings, criminals, rapists, and overall animals.
Although Birth of a Nation was released in 1915, the vilification and disaccreditation of black people through the media have continued since. Just like the current attempt to brand the Black Lives Matter movement as a terror organization, the 1960s and '70s saw the considerably small Black Panther party branded, according to the FBI director, J Edgar Hoover, as "the greatest threat to international security of the country." It was during the
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STRUGGLES OF BLACKS AND THE BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT
The suburban underclass primarily comprised of blacks and low-income individuals have been
subject to suffering and societal challenges derived from continuous racial segregation and racial
influenced activities. This essay seeks to highlight an argument, that the lengthened racial
marginalization and unequal treatment blacks faced in the Jim Crow era, and the mishandling they
endured in the Broken windows era, fueled the Black Lives Matter Movement, which seeks to reclaim their right to space and deteriorate black racism.
In the Jim Crow era, African Americans experienced “white terrorism” and racial social control
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stated that he was tired of being harassed by the police who went to arrest him for practicing freedom of speech in the action of arresting Garner he was choked by the NYPD stating that he could not breathe and the police refused to let him go, killing Eric Garner. Tamir Rice, 12 years old, someone made a call on Tamir stating he was pointing a fake gun towards people, two officers took the call and as they pulled up one officer fired at Tamir hitting him in the torso, no officer provided aid to Tamir, killing him, no officer went in for interview, stating they refused. Not only do these cases take place on men but also women, such as Sandra Bland.
Black Lives Matter has become one of the
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the right to American citizenship, irrespective of their ethnic differences’. In the 14th amendment there was an equal protection clause. This was included because states were finding ways around federal and state laws to continue to deny certain rights to former slaves. African Americans were now legal members of society, which is a huge step forward from their lives before. Finally, the 15th amendment was passed. This gave everyone, no matter their ethnicity, the right to vote. The 13th, 14th and 15th amendments all contributed to African Americans taking steps forward away from their lives in slavery. However, their lives didn’t improve that much because there was always segregation and
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mother, no matter how hard she worked to build and keep her family together, her efforts would still go unnoticed and underappreciated.
There are a number of stressors that single mothers face that contribute to their depression. However, most of the research done specific to African American single mothers mostly talk about poverty and the absence of the Black man in the home and neglect to discuss other hardships they experience that contribute to depression. A sample of 50 single mothers were selected to explore social, emotional, and economic issues they face (Katwol &Prabhakar, 2005). Although, finances was the number one cause of stress, 72 % of the women were affected by their lack of
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English 3 DC
14 December 2017
The Changing Philosophies of Malcolm X
Black Power. What does that mean? What does it matter? It’s significance was non-existent during the beginning of U.S. history. The backs of slaves planted the roots of this young nation from tobacco to cotton. The belittling of African-American pride and culture that festered into an ongoing cycle of black subjugation took a heavy toll on black spirituality. Many accepted their fate but few men broke from the holds of bigotry and dedicated their lives to nurture this concept of Black Power. Among these men was Malcolm X, who argued, “Nobody can give you freedom. Nobody can give you equality or
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Pa Zong Moua
College Writing 1201
Why Say “Yes” To Reparation For Slavery
1619 was when the Dutch sailed the first slave ship to America. Some undergo brutally
beating, and some die before even arriving at their destination. Hundreds of slaves chained
tightly to plank bed, and at least 15 to 30% of African American died at each sailed. Many of
them were lynched, cheated on, being segregated for centuries, and seeking protection from the
government but received none. Now think about those that have experienced these horrendous
events, and how it impacted Black American. The Civil Right Movement had improved African
American lives and of course, it’s a true success, but Black
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Police Brutality: How Are Politicians Reacting To Police Shootings?
Recently police brutality on African Americans has frequently been reported on by news
sources and has been a controversial topic to talk about in America. All over the United States,
people have fled to the streets in protest of police shootings. Most of the demonstrations,
organized against police brutality have been by the organization known as Black Lives Matter.
Black Lives Matter is an organization whose sole purpose is to bring to light how African
Americans are “systematically and intentionally targeted for demise” (“Herstory”). They gained
popularity after being involved in the protest against the acquittal of
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as people in general, will be more educated on these issues so that we are able to work towards
creating a justice system that is truly equal for all people.
1. Reinka, Mora A., and Colin Wayne Leach. “Race and Reaction: Divergent Views of
Police Violence and Protest Against.” Journal of Social Issues, vol. 73, no. 4, 2017, pp.
In this article they reviewed a poll as well as did their own experiments to prove that
there is a racial divide in attitudes towards the police and protests against Black Lives
Matter. This article also provides analyses of protest images to show how black protesters
have a better understanding of the
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Sept 19, 2018
My identity as a young black women has led me to see how stereotypes affect our lives and shapes the way I learn. Growing up my parents always said that it’s important for me to have a good grades and and make sure I went to college because as a black person sometimes people look at me differently.
Society has had a limited impact on my lifestyle, mostly because you shouldn’t have to live up to the aspects that every stereotype associated with be a black women in today society some examples on how people think black women are is , “being ghetto” , “loud”, uneducated but no one actually get to know a person before making all these
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you’re heading to prison
- If forced into a corner, he would
rather die than live life in a cell
- This song was made in the 90’s, way before the movement of Black Lives Matter was founded (2012),
which is a campaign against violence and systematic racism towards black people. This issue was
prevalent even back then, and is talked about still to this day due to its non-stop occurrence. This proves
that this issue is very real, with it being rapped about and experienced even way before it was a whole
movement. It’s not a new movement, it’s been prevalent for years
- The shooting of Philando Castile: On July 6, 2016 a 32-year old Black American was pulled over while
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Marcellus Williams and the Death Penalty The NAACP issued a travel advisory for the state of Missouri after witnessing persistent assaults on freedoms promised by the U. S Constitution for all Americans, black, white, and brown. Life, liberty, and the freedom to travel without harassment should be a given, no matter one's skin color. And yet Missouri and the nation are standing on a precipice.
Our collective history is stained with blood and indifference: Charlottesville, Va., Ferguson, Mo., and the recent taser-fed death of an African-American motorist who made a wrong turn into our state and had the audacity to ask a police officer for help when he ran out of gas all of which have raised
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down at the floor, almost ashamed to stare at the other kids, while the dog sits trained at the feet of the white kids representing loyalty to their owners, and paints smaller in proportion to the kids. We can tell it's still young and a puppy and how its inosines reflect that of the kids (Rockwell). The white kids have pets, as well as the black kids. Does it matter that one is a dog or one is a cat? Or that each pet is opposite in color? Norman Rockwell cleverly juxtaposes the group of kids' pets in the hope of showing displacement and awkward differences but still has that nostalgic depiction of both having the option to own pets and how that turns out for each culture in the future
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stereotypes of a black woman can have a prominent position of power in a 21st modern day society.
In conclusion, I have managed to describe examples of racial discrimination through the characters of Officer Ryan, Fahad and Jean Cabot and stereotypes used in this film that emphasise this is a very important issue in our society and something that continues to live on in a daily basis no matter where you are from and what ethnic background you come off there always is going to be stereotypes made against you. From other ethnic groups that always shows racial discrimination towards you as each group is different and all have something the other groups do not have in their own way.
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already been made that they are more likely to do this crime rather than a white person. The reason for this is because of police misconduct they force many individuals to state that they have done a crime that they were nowhere near in order to have a solved case. The overall problem of false convictions due to police misconduct is a conflict theory. A conflict theory is how power structures and power disparities impact people’s lives. When the false convictions are made and a black male is sent to jail due to an higher authority forcing them it shows that power is being unequally divided and the group that is being dominate is the person who is in charge of forcing the law. However, when it
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brutality and discrimination and has subtle links to the Black Lives Matter movement. The background of the piece is white with black hands held up to signify the contrast between light and dark skinned people in face of the law enforcement and to depict a darker person’s complexion. The words “DON’T SHOOT” is in red for further contrast and to bring attention to the concept of the piece - that darker skinned people are more prone to societal abuse and discrimination.
The second piece “BE A MAN” is about the gap between men and women. Currently sexism seems to be less prevalent but it still exists largely. One extremely common societal construct is that women are the “lesser” gender because