Week 4 Activity Post

The article I chose was very very recent. It is only a few weeks old and it addresses high racial disparities in the use of force by police against African Americans. I think it relates back well to this weeks theme of post-racialism.  The article states that in a study of about 20,000 cases of incidents between 2010 and 2015 blacks are 3 1/2 times more likely than whites to be subjected to police force. That in itself, again, shows discrimination in policing and an inherent bias when dealing with black bodies. It furthers the argument that America is not post-racial. It also cooperates with Michelle Alexanders’ The New Jim Crow and the statistics she provided that show further disproportions in crime and race such as, how the Unites States has 5% of the worlds population but 25% of its prisoners. The fact that blacks and whites see and use drugs at nearly the same rate but most of those imprisoned for minor drug charges are people of color. This reigns especially true with routine traffic stops. The statistics from the Department of Justice show that whites break traffic laws more than blacks but more blacks are ticketed and or taken to jail because of it. The fact that blacks are killed every 23 hours and hate crimes against Muslims have spiked since the beginning of this presidential campaign also show how America is far from being post racial. America is supposed to be a “Melting Pot” but what people of color see is a facade. I see Tokenism. Merely one person put on a pedestal by the system so that they can persuade us that we are past those trying times of racism but I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between resistance photos today, and resistance photos of the 1950s if it wasn’t or the color.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/report-finds-racial-disparities-in-police-use-of-force/

One thought on “Week 4 Activity Post

  1. I think the article that you chose is really interesting because I have heard about these statistics numerous times before. It is a real shame That minor crimes that are being committed only negatively effect people of color. It is ridiculous that people of color can do the same things white people and be the only ones to get in trouble for it or just be given less reward for something that they earned just as much as a white person doing the same thing. The police brutality and bias is a very unfair thing because there is nothing minorities can do about it. They have to live their lives being hunted and having to always have to fight uphill battles even if they are better than a white person that they are going up against. We need to work together to fight back against police brutality and bias. They were given the job to protect us but instead they torment and kill off minorities because of how they look. Nobody deserves to be murdered because of how they look. The police take advantage of their power to try ad rid the world of minorities. Changes need to be made and they need to be made soon.

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